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Let’s call ourselves animals’ guardians

Several years ago, I saw something on TV about a Bay Area city that changed policy to make it easier to enforce laws against cruelty to animals. What was added to their books was the title of “guardian.” We are the guardians of our animals, not their owners. Most people refer to themselves as “owners” of their pets and I believe this thought process makes it that much easier to treat animals like property. Nevada County needs to think about changing their policies regarding this as well.

When we do find cases of animal abuse, we are quick to make the point that those who abuse animals are likely to abuse humans as well. I find it disturbing that we have to grab the attention of citizens and lawmakers by making it about humans. Animal cruelty should be punished severely on its own merits … not because it indirectly affects people. The next time you say you “own” your cat or dog, please think about what that wording means in the larger sense.

Amy Ross

Nevada City

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