Sentient Submissions


Sentient produces regular submissions to government and independent inquiries, draft codes, proposed legislative changes and similar matters pertaining to animal welfare where public commentary is invited.


This is a crucial part of our role in offering veterinary input to ensure that the needs of animals are appropriately and ethically addressed by governments, industry and the public.


Our methodology involves reviewing the relevant documents, conducting literature searches and collaborating with experts to develop scientifically based proposals. We work within an ethical framework that promotes a greater focus on the humane treatment of animals as a priority wherever animals are used or affected by humans.

Proposed Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Livestock at Saleyards and Depots

We welcome the opportunity to contribute to the Public Consultation on the proposed Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Livestock in Saleyards.


Saleyards pose significant welfare risks as animals travel over long distances, often in harsh conditions; are exposed to unfamiliar surroundings and other animals; and are handled by people with various levels of animal handling skills.

Submission to the NSW Greyhound inquiry

Sentient, The Veterinary Institute for Animal Ethics welcomes the opportunity to provide commentry on this NSW ParliamentaryEnquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry.



Read our full submission to the 2013-2014 Inquiry into Greyhound Racing in NSW HERE

Letter to WA Premier Regarding Shark Culling

Read our recent letter to Australia's Prime Minister and WA Premier Colin Barnett regarding the latest decision to cull sharks.


"As an association of veterinarians advocating for animal welfare, we wish to express our opposition to the Western Australian State Government’s proposed ‘bait and kill’ policy for large sharks. Our concerns about the Government’s policy are outlined as follows:

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