From AKC Government Relations …..Legislative Issues
CT Update: Ask You State Senator to Oppose Limiting Dog Ownership Rights!
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(Thursday, May 30, 2013)
Connecticut House Bill 6690 has been approved by the Connecticut House of Representatives and is pending in the Senate. The American Kennel Club (AKC) is concerned with unintended consequences that may result from the legislation, including the possibility that individual ownership rights could be diminished in ways similar to states that have animal “guardianship” instead of animal “ownership”.
It is essential that Connecticut residents call their State Senator TODAY and ask them to oppose House Bill 6690 as currently written, or amend it to guarantee that this bill will not impact the legal status of animals as property. Type your address at this link to find the name and contact information for your State Senator. A full list of State Senators can be found here.
House Bill 6690 allows a separate advocate to be appointed to represent the interests of an animal during a cruelty trial. The AKC absolutely believes that no animal should be treated in a cruel manner, and that those who harm animals should be held accountable for their actions.
This bill however, could have the unintended consequence of actually changing the legal status of animals. The appointment of advocates is usually done to protect the interests of minors or other people needing legal representation. By extending this right to animals, it could fundamentally change an animal’s status as property. This would result in a dramatic restriction on the rights of dog owners and veterinarians to properly care for and protect dogs.
PD note: It would also create havoc if the animals are all appointed advocates or guardians to represent them under the law, because non-humans are seldom if ever assigned a representative to act for them or to represent them. For example, the next logical step for ARs would be to say the animals obtained representatives, therefore they are not property, and therefore not something that can be owned, sold, bought, traded, etc. It would become VERY easy to have ARs all over the states running in to represent animals in ALL types of “alleged” cases…in fact they could start making up cases!
The AKC is asking the Connecticut State Senate to either oppose House Bill 6690 as currently written, or to add an amendment that specifically states the provisions of this bill do not impact the legal status of animals as property.
The AKC will continue to provide updates on HB 6690 as developments become available. For more information, contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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