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In many places around the world, pets are considered property.

Do you believe this is way human beings should treat a living being as property? If not, then what steps should be taken, how should pets be treated?

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I agree with Damien. I'm not sure exactly how it should work, but animals are more than just things and mistreating them should carry stiffer penalties than it does at the moment.
Ah, in divorce cases, they're classed as 'property' & 'stiff penalties' per se, don't come into it!
by donjo
I was talking about mistreating animals (eg. beating them or neglecting them). That's where there are penalties (though they should be tougher than they are).
And the question was 'do you think animals should be treated as property'. You went off on your own personal tangent, & didn't answer the actual question.
My answer was to THAT question, so it was correct in that case. No need for your reply in that instance.
by donjo
I said that I agreed with Damien (did you read his response?) and then elaborated. If you reply to someone's comment naturally they're going to think you are talking about their comment because if you are responding to the question you would logically just post an answer.
I tried mine more like flatmates, but for legal reasons animals are property. If my dog bites someone I am responsible for that because I'm the dog's owner. If I don't own him, does that make him responsible for biting? What would happen to him? It's not like he can protect himself, thus my ownership of him is beneficial to him.

People who mistreat animals should have their ownership revoked, it goes without question, but I don't see ownership as a bad thing. Having said that I totally agree with your sentiment, and that's why mine are flatmates in my eyes, but owned in the eyes of the law.
I think they should be considered family
When I was a kid I always thought of them (pets) as my siblings and now I think of them as my kids. I can't see animals as possessions or "things".
by Rice
I do not have a problem with it but they are living creatures so they should not be treated as disposable assets. They do have feelings.
by Gia
I don't a different category needs to be made for animals. They should have rights, whether that means they are no longer considered property, I don't know, but what most of the world has in place regarding ownership of pets doesn't work.
Pets should no be treated as property at all.
They have rights!

Not sure 'how'....but they should as a living creature that has feelings, and pain, and anxiety.

I feel very strong about this....Great question...bravo!
Pets should not be treated as property. Surely there are laws of some kind that stand to protect pets.
by Vee
In the legal world, pets' are 'property' to be treated the same as a house, car etc etc etc.
sad, but true.

In the pet's owner's eyes, they're everything!
Oooooh. Loaded question. My dogs, cats, horses and others have always been my friends as opposed to possessions but I can see that the word "possession" might at least mean a degree of protection for them in certain cases. The question opens a can of worms though.
by Rice
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