NON-HUMAN NEIGHBORS: This Town Just Granted Cats and Dogs Certain Rights and ‘Special Protections’

Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 10.04.56 AMWill one of them be the right to lick themselves in public?

A town in the north of Spain has become the country’s first to grant cats and dogs special rights as “non-human neighbours”.

Trigueros del Valle, a town of 300 inhabitants in the province of Valladolid, has approved a declaration which seeks to “dignify the lives of dogs and cats, animals which have shared with man thousands and thousands of years and have been a great help to him.”

The initiative is an attempt to protect those animals from cruelty and abuse, as well as acknowledging their importance in the town, which is situated in an agricultural area. Besides the symbolism of the decree, it also means the town hall will take responsibility for any abandoned cats and dogs and it will rebuke owners who mistreat their animals.

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“It seems to me a very important, historic declaration, like, for example, the day that children’s rights were enshrined for the first time,” Mercedes Cano, an animal rights campaigner who was involved in the move, told Cope radio.

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