Many animal protection organizations continue to work tirelessly to give old Fido and Garfield a life they deserve. Animal rights awareness has grown steadily over the years, much to the satisfaction of animal lovers. One town in Spain took this a step further, certainly one for the history books.
On a recent vote, residents of the town of Trigueros del Valle decided to grant equal rights to cats and dogs, declaring them as “non-human” residents. The three hundred residents of this small town recognized these animals are an integral part of daily human life. Granting them the dignity to live peacefully alongside their humans is a significant step in protecting against abuse and neglect.
The town agreed to take full responsibility for the welfare of all animals, including strays and abandoned cats and dogs. Any evidence of mistreatment will earn a rebuke from the town council. It was the townspeople’s sincere hope to change the treatment of these beloved animals.
One of the supporters of this move is a resident named Mercedes Cano. She understood that abuse still happens even in the most ideal of situations. “We’re not saying you have to love cats and dogs, but you have to respect them,” she said.
The town’s mayor accepted the mantle of responsibility for carrying out this move. He wants to represent not only the townspeople but also their fellow cats and dogs. These animals lived alongside humans for centuries and as such, must receive the recognition due them.
Another positive effect of this vote is the elimination of bullfighting within the town, a controversial tradition that sparked enough debate around the world. It may be one small step for this tiny town, but it’s also one humungous leap for the rest of civilization. This vote only proves one thing; if people worked together as one, anything is possible.