(PET WELFARE/VIDEO) UNITED STATES — An Ohio city joins 17 other U.S. cities in officially replacing the term “owner” with “guardian” to reduce animal-related problems, such as overbreeding and inadequate living conditions, by emphasizing the amount of responsibility required when caring for pets. We fully support this change and whole-heartedly hope more cities, states, and countries will decide to follow in these cities’ footsteps in viewing animals as independent beings worthy of our care, but not our ownership. As the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein said: “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.”
Read a high school student’s statement that urged the city’s decision, learn about the Guardian Campaign, and watch a video explaining the importance of language in this situation. — Global Animal
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This week, City Council members in Parma, Ohio voted unanimously to change the city’s animal related ordinances to recognize pets as part of the family by adopting the term “guardian” instead of “owner.” Parma is the first city in the state to adopt this language, and one of 18 cities to make such a change.
The move was spurred by efforts from high school student Brandon Yanak, who stated, “As more people begin to think and act as ’guardians’ of their animal companions, I expect to see higher levels of animal care and appreciation, thus helping to end many animal-related problems such as people breeding animals and keeping too many in inadequate conditions on their property in Parma.”
In Defense of Animals (IDA), who started the Guardian Campaign in 1999, is applauding this move and thanking both Yanak and Councilwoman Mary Galinas for their efforts in accomplishing this change.
“Thank you, Parma, for recognizing the important role language plays in creating a more compassionate, peaceful and just society for animals and their guardians,” said Anita Carswell, IDA’s Guardian Campaign Director.
To learn more, visit the Guardian Campaign.