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Increasing our Compassionate Footprint

September 2015

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“One day the absurdity of the almost universal human belief in the slavery of other animals will be palpable. We shall then have discovered our souls and become worthier of sharing this planet with them.”


Martin Luthar King Jr


THANK YOU, Madam Mayor

for recognising the Sentience of Animals and

for your support of their Five Freedoms!  

On 21st August 2015 Mayor Patricia de Lille confirmed her support, as mayor of the City of Cape Town...


  • for the recognition of animals as sentient, capable of feeling the same pain and emotions as humans

  • for the basic Five Freedoms for non-human beings.


This follows a ground-breaking resolution passed by the DA last month. (see below). 


Following the DA's resolution, Animal Voice wrote to Mayor de Lille, asking if her support for

the DA resolution could be interpreted as support also in her capacity as Mayor of the City of Cape Town?


Her reply: A resounded yes!

The DA's Ground Breaking resolution

The DA’s Federal Council accepted a ground-breaking resolution in Durban on 26 July 2015 acknowledging that non-human animals are sentient beings, able to feel the same pain and emotions as humans.  This giant step forward – accepted by one of its highest federal political structures - makes the DA the first political party in South Africa and in Africa to accept a resolution of this nature.  


The resolution was supported by Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille.

The resolution is as follows:  Resolution 12

Acknowledge that non-human animals are sentient beings


Dr Thomas Ferreira proposes the following resolution on behalf of Ward 23 branch in Mangaung, seconded by Maryke Davies:


Sentience is the ability to feel, perceive, or experience subjectively and the recognition of an emotional dimension.


The concept is central to the philosophy of animal freedoms, because sentience is necessary for the ability to suffer; and Noting that animal sentience is mostly ignored by our modern, capitalist and consumerist society...




resolves the following:


  1. The acceptance of non-human animals as sentient beings, which are able to feel the same pain and emotions as humans.

  2. The recognition of the basic universal freedoms for non-human animals namely:


  • Freedom from hunger or thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.


  • Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.


  • Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.


  • Freedom to express (most) normal behaviour by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.


  • Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.

Please write to Mayor de Lille via her spokesperson Pierrinne Leukes Pierrinne.


and tell her, each in your own way, that she’s simply the best!


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