Caring companions just like people

 

Dear Editor,

A law is being proposed in France which will elevate the dog family to the stature of sentient beings.

If passed by their National Assembly, I believe that the entire human race should applaud their progressive action. For do you know any life form that is more deserving of the recognition of being sentient?

Are dogs not aware and responsive to human emotions and feelings? They are being used in hospitals, prisons, and mental establishments because of their uncanny sense of compassion and awareness of illness and pain. 

Are there any more loving and loyal creatures in existence upon our planet than the canine species that are acknowledged as being humans’ best friends?

Those in France who have proposed that dogs are feeling, loving, and loyal creatures and should be so judged by law are correct that abuse or misuse of them should carry the same weight in law as that of abusing those of our own species.

Mike Harvey, Langley

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