Cats, Dogs Given Human Rights in Spanish Town

The Trigueros del Valle town council unanimously voted in favor of defining cats and dogs as non-human residents, meaning they now have rights similar to humans.

If you have pets you likely treat them as part of the family. Your cat is not just your cat, but in some ways she’s your baby. In Trigueros del Valle, a town of 330 people in the Castile and León region of Spain, the feeling is the same. The town council recently gave cats and dogs the nearly the same rights as humans in a unanimous vote that labels pets as “non-human residents,” The Independent reports.

“Dogs and cats have been living among us for over 1,000 years,” Trigueros del Valle’s Socialist mayor, Pedro Pérez Espinosa, told The Independent. “And the mayor must represent not just the human residents but must also be here for the others.”

The new law not only protects cats and dogs, it also protects bulls, as bullfighting will be against the law due to the new act’s provision that bans “any action that causes the mutilation or death of a non-human resident,” according to The Independent. As of yet, however, there is no precedent in place in the act that addresses euthanizing a cat or dog when that is the most humane and compassionate option.

Still, the new act is a win for any animal lover.

“Today, we are closer as species and we are now more human thanks to the sensitivity and intelligence shown by the people of Trigueros del Valle,” animal rights group Rescate 1 said, according to The Independent. “This is a great day for humans and non-human citizens alike.”

Do you agree? Do you think every town should give animals such rights?

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