I really love the message in this video by In Defense of Animals. The message is – be a guardian, not an owner.
I too believe we need to spread this message, that we are guardians to our companion animals. We should not consider ourselves their ‘owners.’
I’ve heard the argument that we need to maintain this idea of ownership, otherwise people can come along and take our pets away, because we don’t “own” them.
This is completely warped logic. Could someone take your kids away because you don’t own them? What we need is a legal standing for animals higher than that of possessions we own.
If we establish pets as family members who we adopt and become guardians for, then they should have a higher level of protection, from abuse or theft or anything of this order. We need to spread this message and change this false mindset that tells some people that animals are worth little or nothing more than our cars or furniture.