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A cat should be considered a person in the eyes of the law — 17 Comments

  1. I agree with one thing Animal Cruelty needs to be stronger instead of just a few Years. Animals Should have the same rights as someone with Disabilities with Respect and Care. Animals have feelings thought they might not act the same as Humans, thought sometimes they act better as humans.

  2. Anything that gives animals protection not only from those who kill and hurt them for pleasure or in the name of sport or for food but also from those who abuse them in the name of love (and I’m thinking of declawing here)can only be a good thing, that poor chimp locked in that cage must spend hours in frustration and yet legally he is the property of his jailer, that is awful. And yet how would such an act if it was ever passed be policed? How for instance would the terrible thing I read about yesterday be prevented when it happened behind closed doors, when a youth angry with his mother for taking away his xbox, for some reason, set fire to her beloved cat and killed it in this tragic way. There is so much cruelty to animals in every country of this world, how can it ever be stopped realistically? I don’t think it will happen in my lifetime.

  3. They basically should have the right to exist without anyone hurting them for pleasure *hunting for sport which is more for the sake of the kill than anything used for food & those who torture, abuse an animal because they think it’s fun*(hopefully putting a stop to or at least lessening any forms of sadistic cruelty at the hands of a HUMAN abuser). As for spaying & neutering (yes it’s in the best interest of the animals where de-clawing is NOT). Personally … some “people” should have THIS done to them. The sadistic offspring of unfit parents springs to mind (plenty of those types of cases abound now-a-days … perhaps there would be less future serial killers in the making). IF “LABS” want to test … test on the criminals of the world instead of some defenseless animal (maybe the facts would be more accurate because it IS a person after all). And it would cut down on crime too. The law can be made to fit specific wording so that should help. Animals I feel empathy, sympathy & compassion for. CRIMINALS … I DON’T!! They are a waste of money to keep them locked up and enjoying a life they have NO NEED to pay or work for (their meals, clothes, their shelter, and activities in prison (TV, library, medical facilities, gymn among other things, ETC are all paid with tax dollars)

    • J. Martin what you are expressing is the sort of animal rights that should guide all people and protect all animals. It is just about fundamental rules. Both people and animals need them. This what I’d like to see. Thanks for commenting.

  4. Ahhh… “Non Human Personhood” in the eyes of the law. One of my favorite subjects, and I have even tested it before in an American (District) Court!

    Over twenty years ago, my dear wife Evelyn and myself were quite concerned for the safety, health and well-being of our beloved little Calico kat “Snert Snirt Snurt” (full name. Holler the “magic” name out the door, and she’d come running like a goofy puppy!)

    A transient neighbor (living in an apartment) had not one, but two HUGE un-nuertered, aggressive Rottweiler dogs that he had little interest in controlling or confining, and they presented GREAT danger to our lovely kitty.

    Evelyn, ever the thinker, decided we should petition the court for an “Emergency Order of Protection”. Paperwork for such an order is readily available in the U.S. from most any law-enforcement officer, police station, sheriff’s office or court clerk.

    We obtained the paperwork, and went so far as to have Snert’s “signature” on the documents duly notarized and sealed. (the Snerter didn’t think much of putting her paw on the ink-pad, or “signing” the papers)

    When orders of protection are sought, american judges tend to forgo a lot of formality, and will sign them in the middle of the night, on their front porch while wearing pajamas, for example.

    We did not turn it into “such” an emergency, but we did end up in a District Court (next levels, Superior Court and then [State] Supreme Court)

    The Judge came into the courtroom, we sat, he read the papers and then you could start to see a bit of steam come out of his ears. He looked between the bailiff and the clerk of the court and demanded “who let this get this far???”. There was a sheriff in the courtroom, and the judge looked at him through squinted, angry eyes and asked in a most accusatory manner “You? You???”

    (The sheriff said only “I wouldn’t let them bring the cat into the courtroom, Your Honor!”)

    The judge arose, put his hands on his bench and leaned forward, and spoke to us in a soft, yet precise and distinct voice: “Bruce, Evelyn: take your cat, and GO HOME!” before he stomped out of the courtroom.

    Later, I was told our paperwork might just get framed, and the Superior court judge my father used to golf with said something to the effect “too bad your kid doesn’t have any money to pursue that. That case might have turned into some kind of landmark decision”

    Fast forward over two decades, and the legal argument HAS become valid in a sense, as the question of “Animal Personhood” is being raised in many venues around the world.

    I used to support the idea, but have since rejected it: those damned Rottweilers would get the same protections, too; and I just HATE ’em all.

      • I love nothing better than a Tortie Cat. Or any Cat for that Matter. Jasmine, my only tortie. Had a wee accident today. She tried jumping on the table but missed as she tried to hold on to table Cloth. There was a warm drink on the table. So she got abit wet. Shes wasn’t hurt badly, Don’t think she liked the taste as coffee she doesn’t like that much. So she was forever ticking off that smell to get rid of it.

    • Very stylish and I may say

      “Det var ikke saa godt for en kat men USA kan hav som ideologies der. vidst ikke men det kan godt hver saadan.”

      It wrote in danish which means, “it was not so good for a cat but in the US can have some of their idiologies there. I don’t know but it can be just like that.”

      Great comments focusing of thoughts of people of the law 🙁 <3

  5. All nonhuman entities should have their own set of rights that are in line with their specific needs and in protection of their wellbeing.

    They should have the right to live their lives without fear from humans, be provided or have access to basic life necessities, have the maximunm freedom allowable without endangerment, and have repesentation when they have been wronged.

  6. This is very complicated issue because a cat is not a person, no animal is a person so I don’t see how they could have human rights and as Harvey says, it would make neutering them unlawful. I do think though that they should have animal rights, all animals should have them in that we are allowed only to do what is best for them. Neutering is best for the health of cats, declawing is not, so that would be stopped! What about freedom? Freedom is a human right yet freedom is dangerous for cats in some places, they need the right to be protected.
    Then getting in deeper, what about the rights of ‘food’ animals, born only to be killed? Once an animal is born they should have the right to live the life fitting to their species, the right not to be killed to be eaten. Lab animals? Scientists have no right to torture them, but they do, in the name of science! It’s a whole minefield because humans have the power over animals to use, abuse and eat them and sadly I can’t see many humans wanting to give up that power, the human race is far too selfish.
    It’s a hard road for us animal welfare activists to follow, but something in us makes us keep on doing it!

    • Good points Ruth. The word “person” in this context means a legal entity with legal rights attached as opposed to an object. That is not clear in the post and I’ll add something to clarify.

      The strength of animals having “rights” as laid down in a binding document is that it would prevent laws being created which were against the welfare of the cat. So in the USA for example where States make their own laws the umbrella animal rights would guide them and prevent them from screwing up.

      • So in the USA for example where States make their own laws the umbrella animal rights would guide them and prevent them from screwing up. says Michael

        Yes Michael agreed with you, too. It should be like it. <3

    • I AGREE same as RUTH 🙂 YES RUTH speaks from my heart and soul, Michael. You were very right. <3

      That makes Michael experienced person who can read minds 😉

  7. One thought comes to mind. Would human-like rights for animals including cats confer on them the right to reproduce? That would make population control by spaying and neutering unlawful. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

    • For me human-like rights simply means the rights of a legal entity. In this context “person” means a legal entity which has certain rights. When I refer to “human-like” rights I mean the rights of a sentient being with emotions and intelligence as opposed to a dead object.

      The extent of the rights would entirely be in the hands of people and in the case of domestic cats would not protect the cat from spaying and neutering.

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