Did you know that under the law pets are seen as replaceable property? That’s right, the law essentially treats losing a pet the same way as losing a table. In honor of Chloe the Mini Frenchie, Loni Edwards’ beloved dog who passed away due to medical error, PetInsider will be featuring a story every Wednesday about pets being family, not property. Please join us by reading the stories and signing the pledge we created with the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) to push for change.
Mochi is my best friend. He is sweet, smart and funny. He loves food, but not all kinds–he is actually very picky! Mochi loves going to the park, but he prefers senior dogs (especially the ladies). He loves being the center of attention, but he can be shy with new people.
Mochi loves me. He really does. He follows me everywhere and worries about me if I am sad or hurt. He gets excited when he sees me, gives me lots of kisses, and when I wake up early to work, he walks with me and sleeps next to my desk instead of staying in bed. To me, that’s true love.
Mochi is part of my family, and I love him so much. For this reason, it always comes as a shock that Mochi is considered an object under the law. The disconnect between how I, and many people, feel about our pets and how the law treats pets could not be more different. How can someone that loves, cries, plays, eats, sleeps, and has a family that loves them be considered replaceable property? Mochi is a lot of things, but replaceable is not one of them.
We are trying to raise awareness around these laws so people can see how out of touch they are with how we as a society view our pets. Please join the #petsarefamilynotproperty movement by signing and sharing the pledge below.
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