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Spanish Town Gives Pets Equal Rights As Humans

A town in Spain now recognises dogs and cats as ‘non-human residents’. Gives them equal rights.

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A woman getting licked by her pet dog in Spain. (Photo: Reuters)

A Spanish town, with a population of just 300 people, has become the first to recognise dogs and cats as “non-human residents”, awarding them equal rights to co-exist alongside their human counterparts.

The town council in Trigueros del Valle, has become Spain’s first municipality to vote unanimously to define dogs and cats as “non-human residents”, giving them rights similar to men and women, according to The Local, an English-language European news network.

Pedro J Perez Espinosa, the socialist mayor of the town introduced the Renedo Declaration to guarantee the rights of dogs and cats as citizens of the town.

It comprises 13 articles which include statements such as:

All residents are born equal and have the same right to existence. A resident, whether human or non-human, is entitled to respect.

But it also outlines basic tenets against cruelty to animals such as article 9a which states:

No non-human resident should be exploited for the pleasure or recreation of man.

Animal charities hailed the move and said they hoped it would be introduced across Spain.

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