The right to medical care should be universal, for people as well as animals.
But many people who fully subscribe to the right of humans to be cared for are oblivious to the plight of animals who desperately need care and treatment but who are owned by people who do not have the resources to provide that care.
Opposition to universal healthcare comes from the political Right. Conservatives begrudge healthcare to the poor and infirm as wasteful government expenditures. Using that logic, one would assume that conservatives in the animal movement also oppose healthcare for animals in need.
I personally cannot comprehend why anyone would consider tax dollars to be more valuable than human and animal life, but such is the case with political conservatives.
All domesticated animals, and all wild animals in captivity, are the result of human interference with nature.
There are no wild poodles. No collies running through the woods. No packs of pit bulls or rottweilers hunting game. No persian cats in nature.
Nor are there wild Jersey cows or wild Duroc pigs. No Rhode Island Red chickens in nature, either.
Humans have created genetic changes in animals that have made them unable to survive in nature. Humans fashioned animal to make them more docile, to produce more meat or milk, to lay more eggs, to do work for humans, to make them dependent upon humans. The result is that there are billions of animals that humans can exploit, enslave, and murder.
In creating companion animals, humans bred dogs to work, to hunt, to amuse, and to serve human vanity.
Every single one of those animals and their offspring are entitled to be cared for by human society.
Nor should any companion animal be killed for convenience in municipal death camps (euphemistically called “shelters”). Whatever the cost in taxes, staffing, training, and veterinary care, every single unwanted animal has the right to live, and human society has the responsibility to keep them alive, safe, and healthy.
We have made animals our slaves and our companions, and their well being is human responsibility.
So long as society continues to possess animals, and so long as our law permits it, so should our law require that medical care be made available to any animal that needs it.