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Human rights for cats and dogs: Spanish town council votes overwhelmingly in favour of defining them as ‘non-human residents’

Alistair Dawber: ‘The town council in Trigueros del Valle, a municipality of about 330 people in the Castile and León region, voted unanimously to define dogs and cats as “non-human residents”, giving them rights similar to men and women. “Dogs and cats have been living among us for over a 1,000 years,” said Pedro Pérez Espinosa, the town’s Socialist mayor. “And the mayor must represent not just the human residents but must also be here for the others.” Animal rights groups celebrated the new-found protection… “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,” said Rescate 1, a group that campaigns for animal rights. “This is a great day for humans and non-human citizens alike”… What the new legislation in Trigueros del Valle does not address, however, are cases where a beloved dog or cat is put to sleep [euthanized] as an act of compassion. So far, there is no precedent’. SOURCE…

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