A clear & realistic legal status for all animals

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(Originally printed in December 2013)

Through its Chief Passionate Officier, Bernard Raymond, Clanimal.com the web support community for animal lovers, wishes to enter into the present debate about banning Pit Bulls and offer itself as the Voice of Common Sense and the respect of both humans and animals (our mission is to constantly improve relations between humans and animals!)

So being crucial for the present debate to be conducted with common sense, respect and vision, Clanimal.com is saying to every one to take a step back and take time to THINK! Yes think about where and how have we arrived at this situation where an innocent woman died in the “paws” of a dog. So, we are to think about what is at the root of the problem, such as how did we, as a society, arrived at accepting for certain individuals to manipulate and use animals in such a way, that ends up being deadly for other humans?

So right now, it’s a must that people stops making threats and/or make insults to public officials (or anybody that is for banning a breed of dogs), since it is acting below how animals even acts, and, it only brings the level of discussion to an emotional level where everybody digs trenches and stick themselves into it!

Clanimal.com is determined to help Society and authorities everywhere to establish animal policies, as the minimum  norm applicable, that includes granting all animals a legal status approved by leading legal scholars and practitioners, animal activists  and the population, that:

a)  is interpreted with consistency between provinces, states and countries,

b)  reflects today’s knowledge of the impact of animals on humans lives,

c)  facilitate and favor timely and appropriate actions and sanctions.

Our goal is making Society more responsible towards its animals, and, here

Here are the key elements of Clanimal.com’s proposition:

1- Amendment of Provincial/State and Federal Legislations

The various legislations will clearly define animals as living sentient (as defined by scientific criteria’s)  beings and as such, state that they have a legal status in accordance with their nature and the place they occupy in Society. If needed, a new definition of legal subjects will be created in the law and added between the categories of human beings and movables,

2-Responsibility towards animals:

A) Training will be made mandatory in order to have the right to own a pet. Advanced training will apply to specific breeds such as Huskies, Pit Bulls, and others (which require a particular approach). The training requirements shall be determined by animal behaviourists,

B) Expected benefits: A greater access to public spaces, including spaces that allow unleashed pets. Legal intervention by Clanimal’s legal team whenever needed,

C) Improved responsibility from businesses for the treatment of animals within their respective industries factoring economical realities and collective objectives,

3- Education and sanctions

A) Basic education about animals will be made available in schools, businesses and public institutions in order to make pet owners aware of their responsibilities and to promote the beneficial contribution of pets such as : positive psychological impact, the virtues of pet therapy etc.

B) Stricter sanctions against puppy mills owners and operators, The same legal principle used against outlawed groups will apply, i.e. the reversal of the onus of proof. Once a puppy mill operator has been identified, he or she would have to prove that his or her business complies with the regulations. Otherwise, the animals and equipment on site, as well as the real estate, could be seized and sold. The proceeds would then be used for animal endeavour.

C) Animal abuse:  from community service in shelters to harsher prison sentence without early release for offenders and repeating offenders,

D) Prohibition of animal sales in pet shops except for animals originating from approved shelter operation and establishment of a commercial structure for profits for both the shelters and  the pet shops.

E) Firmer supervision of breeding standards based in line with best practices in order to raise public’s confidence and part conscientious breeders from people who are not fit or not worthy of performing this job (ie: \”back yard breeders\”);

F) Firmer supervision of Internet ads to, once again, values the work of righteous breeders. For consumers wishing to have other choices, will be required mandatory evaluation of breeders and validation of the origin of animals sold in the ads.

G)  Improve the coverage of social health care regime to include the training, the supply and the professional support of service animals;

H) Include, in the definition of armed forces personnel, service animals that served the country, with full benefits adapted to their specific status and the establishment of a support structure, including the training, the supply  and the professional support for services animals, to armed forces personnel in need of one;

I) Eliminate discrimination in housing matters for animal owners and the establishment of clear housing policies that ensures the respect of the legal status of animals ;

Let us know what you think and let’s work together to help humans and animals make a better world for all of us…Be part of Clanimal.com!

Bernard Raymond, Founder & Chief Passionate Officer of Clanimal.com


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