HUMANE ACTION Pittsburgh has developed a Sentient Being Proclamation for all municipalities to formally recognize that all animals, regardless of species, are sentient beings with biological needs and physical and psychological sensibilities to experience positive emotions, negative emotions, and pain. Our Proclamation continues by stating that all animals are deserving of stewards, owners, and persons in charge of animals to attend properly to their welfare. Our hope is that this Proclamation will start a dialogue about animal protection among mayors across the state and country.
In February 2018, Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania Mayor Matthew Rudzki became the first mayor in the country to make our Proclamation declaring that all animals are sentient beings. After meeting with HAP, Mayor Rudzki was inspired to make his Proclamation at a Sharpsburg City Council meeting.