On January 28, the French National Assembly voted to change the status of animals from “furniture” to “sentient beings,” a long overdue reform of a policy that dates to Napoleonic timesMore from RT.com.

Sentient Being by Reiner Hachfeld. Via Cagle Cartoons. Used with permission

Sentient Being by Reiner Hachfeld. Via Cagle Cartoons. Used with permission

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rainer_hachfeld_072_smRainer Hachfeld was born in Ludwigshafen in 1939. He is a German playwright and political cartoonist. Having studied art in Berlin, he began his career as a caricaturist in Spandauer Volksblatt in 1966, and then in EXTRA-Blatt. He has also contributed to Stern and Der Abend. Since 1990, he has worked with the socialist daily Neues Deutschland.