Some animal rights activists are fighting to replace the term 'owner' with 'guardian' to convey a more balanced relationship between a person and her or his pet. Do you agree or disagree with the importance of this mission?
i suport this - because it's TRUE - duh! The idea of owning a life-form - just like the infamous gen-tech and pharma industries - is blasphemy, as far as I'm concerned. I know this from philosophical thought, and from experience with many pets and animals, who are intelligent, feeling, spiritual beings - as well as being dangerous and proud. To "own" them is to try to dominate them, as was done with slaves - it's mostly unnatural, and is an insult because it was WE, mainly, who brought pets into the world in the first place. You better BET we have an obligation to treat them with respect and compassion!
We evolved CIVIL RIGHTS so that we, ourselves, may each be treated CIVILLY.
We evolved HUMAN rights, that we each may be treated HUMANELY.
It is in our own interest, and the interest of pets - AND LIFE ON EARTH - to now, in these important times, TO EVOLVE ANIMAL RIGHTS
Corporations are staking claim to the very genes within our bodies, sometimes FORCING us to seek very expensive health treatments.
Corporations are staking claim to genetically-engineered genes which accidentally end up in poor farmers lands - TAKING AWAY THOSE LANDS because they claim to own the patents on the lifeforms which those farmers are accidentally growing.
Corporations have been granted the same freedom of speech as HUMAN BEINGS - blocking out our voices with their billion-dollar microphones. Yet they don't go to jail or get executed if they happen to be responsible for the DEATHS of scores of miners or oil rig workers.
You're damn right we need to expand animal rights - we need to do everything we can to fight off this lunge for DOMINATION by the powerful and greedy in our species! We need to PARTNER UP WITH PETS - and be on the side of the animals, as well as of the poor or disabled amongst us - because what is happening to our planet is perverse and extremely dangerous. Everywhere, animals are slaughtered for food or convenience. If we don't empathize and aid them, THEN WE WILL BE NEXT!
Stewardship. Guardianship. We are also animals - defend our animal rights!