Pets Are Becoming People, Legally Speaking

Explore the wonderful world of animals through the many interesting facts about them and find everything you need to know about pet adoption and care, in these articles on Animals and Pets. Under this act, the police and officers of local councils, who may include a vet, have power to enter premises where animals are being trained and exhibited, and if cruelty and neglect is detected, magistrates’ courts can prohibit or restrict the training or exhibition of the animals and suspend or cancel the registration granted under the act. Under this act councils are required to send copies of any certificates to Defra.

Also, consider carefully what kind of dog to get. Adopting a puppy is a huge commitment, since you cannot leave a puppy home alone all day. Most puppies need to eliminate every two hours or so. Also, in order to co-exist happily with humans, puppies must be taught house-training skills and basic cues such as sit,” stay” and come.” If puppies are not handled often and socialized when young, they will become shy and fearful.

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has defined animal welfare as: “An animal is in a good state of welfare if (as indicated by scientific evidence) it is healthy, comfortable, well nourished, safe, able to express innate behavior, and if it is not suffering from unpleasant states such as pain, fear, and distress.” 82 They have offered the following eight principles for developing and evaluating animal welfare policies.

No one knows when humans first began falling in love with pets. Archeological evidence of the human-dog bond goes back at least 12,000 years. However, even today, wild animals (especially, birds and baby mammals) are often kept as pets in tribal societies by indigenious peoples. (See Serpell’s excellent book In the Company of Animals for many examples.) The problem is that you can’t tell from their bones if an ancient fossilized animal was loved or lunch.

When taking on the responsibility of a pet, you and each member of the family must be willing to commit to providing a good home for it. Find out how much time each family member can devote to the pet. Discuss each person’s responsibilities for the animal’s care, feeding, grooming, exercise, socialization and training. Determine who will be responsible for the expenses involved, and make certain that every need for the pet you’re considering will be met.