This week in weird business news…
Trigueros del Valle, a small town in Spain, has voted to give dogs and cats the same rights as their human owners. The town is the first in the world to extend such rights to animals.
The town council declared that the animals would now be designated as non-human residents. “Dogs and cats have been living among us for over a 1,000 years,” said the town’s Mayor Pedro Pérez Espinosa, who identifies with the socialist party. “And the mayor must represent not just the human residents but must also be here for the others.”
The bill also bans bull fighting, and “any action that causes the mutilation or death of a non-human resident.” Bull fighting has long been a hot topic in Spain amongst animal rights activists and there is hope that this landmark ruling could spread to other towns.
“Today, we are closer as species and we are now more human thanks to the sensitivity and intelligence shown by the people of Trigueros del Valle. This is a great day for humans and non-human citizens alike,” wrote Rescate 1, a prominent animal rights group in Spain.
So will this be the Magna Carta for animals? Only time can tell…
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