Los Angeles, California – An ordinance supporting a “Dog and Cat Bill of Rights” is being considered by the Los Angeles City Council and started discussions at its Tuesday meeting.
A bill presented by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, called Assembly Bill 1881, would provide animals with the following rights:
- A life of comfort, free of fear and anxiety;
- Freedom from exploitation, cruelty, neglect, and abuse;
- Daily mental stimulation and appropriate exercise;
- Preventive and therapeutic health care
- Nutritious food, sanitary water, and shelter in an appropriate and safe environment;
- Health care, including spaying and neutering to prevent unwanted litters.
The bill of rights would have to be displayed in animal shelters and rescue organizations if the legislation is enacted, and failure to do so would be subject to a fine of up to $250.
This new law will help dogs and cats stay healthy and safe, and it will also stop people from treating them cruelly.
Before being put to a vote by the entire City Council, the resolution will be reviewed by the Rules, Elections, and Intergovernmental Relations Committee.