For the future of all life, the Code of Ethics is the key


  • Kerstin Hagena Animal rights activist
  • Alina Hagena Animal rights activist
  • Luis Arevalo Registered social worker


climate change, animal rights, sentience, code of ethics


Staring through the lens of the ANZASW Code of Ethics, it is our opinion that one ethical principle, the last clause under Manaakitanga regarding animal sentience, is starting to become more meaningful than others when one is discussing the aforementioned notions. We go further and suggest that animal rights, the natural environment, climate change, and humanities permanency have intersected and are now a united single strand and that social work, through its own Code of Ethics, may be a leading force to achieve positive outcomes on all interconnected pathways


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How to Cite

Hagena, K., Hagena, A., & Arevalo, L. (2022). For the future of all life, the Code of Ethics is the key. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 34(2), 94–99. Retrieved from