Jackuul wrote:Mmm. In my perfect little dreamworld animals would be "Living Property" and everything else "Property". But they would still be a type of property - only that if they are found mistreated the punishments are harsher, considering. Additionally Living Property would be split into Domestic and Livestock, hence governed by differing rules as livestock usually equals animals bred for human consumption. So killing livestock for food would be legal, while killing domestic animals would not - and in either case if someone that is not the owner and has no permission kills the animal (drunk d-bags shooting cows or a--hole neighbors shooting dogs) penalties would be a lot steeper.
But that would be too logical for the government.
I really like this suggestion. I had not thought of that.
That being said, my animals are my property. I refuse to refer to myself as a "guardian". But I think the above mentioned "living property" is a good compromise.
As far as the amount of abuse and neglect that goes on...don't you think that a good part of that is a matter of a lack of education? I mean, when kids grow up seeing their dogs kept in kennels or on chains 24/7 and only being fed when their parents remember to, how are they supposed to know any better? How are kids who see their brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, etc fighting their dogs supposed to know that that is wrong? I would LOVE to see some kind of educational system put into place...kind of like D.A.R.E. or something where someone comes into the schools and talks to the kids about how to properly care for an animal. I think if more people saw how amazing the bond between a person and their can be and how much fun it is to work together that we would see a big change in the way many animals are treated. JM2C.
I know that, for me, the fact that my elementary school celebrated the Day of St. Francis and let every student bring their pets into school to be blessed made a big impact on me. It was a fun and very positive experience for me.