End Animal Ownership, Not Animal Companionship

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Central to the idea of Animal Rights is the notion that animals have as much right to live as do humans. It follows that animals have as much right to live free of enslavement, exploitation, and murder as do humans.

Most people who support Animal Rights have and love companion animals, dogs, cats, birds, etc, and react negatively to the idea of banning animal ownership.

I support the abolition of animal ownership. People have no more right to own an animal than they have to own a human. But it is unrealistic to think that companion animals would ever cease to be part of human society.

The very best we could hope for would be a change in legal status from animals becoming wards rather than property and pet owners becoming their conservators.

Conservatorships require that the conservators act in the best interests of their wards. It is the relationship that exists between parent and child. As a conservator, one cannot decide to euthanize an inconvenient child or an animal. The conservator has a legally enforceable duty to provide the requirements of life to his/her ward, and is barred from being abusive, cruel, exploitive or negligent in caring for the ward.

It is a basic tenet of Animal Rights that all animals have the same right to live. I do not believe people should own or be conservators for carnivores. I believe it is morally repugnant to murder some animals to feed other ones. Cats, ferrets, snakes, raptors, etc, should not be forced to live in confinement for that reason alone. The same objection can be made to carnivores in zoos, without even reaching the morality of their enslavement.

 

 

Author’s Notes:

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