Should companion animals in America have a legal right to life?

companion animal rights

What do you think? Should companion animals in America have a legal right to life?

Would you support a Federal Companion Animal Rights Bill?

After you read this please give us your thoughts. 

Throughout civilization, nations have codified the basic and essential rights of their society —rights that all agree must not be infringed upon by the government or other individuals or entities. In the United States, our Bill of Rights enumerates our societies enlightened cherished and essential rights including life and liberty and freedom from harm.

There is however no bill of rights for our companion animals in America. Every year over 4 million companion animals in America are killed in our animal shelters. Why? because companion animals are legally labeled merely as “Things” in the eyes of the law.

CAR is about bringing the basic and essential rights of life and freedom from abuse, harm, and death to companion animals in America.


We know from science that companion animals are sentient beings as we are: they have feelings and emotions, have intelligence and feel pain and happiness, just as we do.

In the 21st century companion animals must not be labeled by lawyers as things. A car is a thing. A dog or cat is not an unfeeling, unintelligent lifeless thing. A companion animal is a sentient being just as you are.



Many countries around the world have changed their laws to treat companion animals with rights as sentient beings. America must get on board as well. 

Get on board with us and help implement CAR – Companion Animal as we work for legal personhood for companion animals, passing a National Companion Animal Rights Bill.

“I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man. The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Gandhi.

So whats your opinion? Would you support a Federal Companion Animal Rights Bill?

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Author: Steven Monahan

Steven Monahan is the founder of Green Pets and Black Dog Former Fortune 100 Executive. Then Entrepreneur. Now Mentor and Animal Welfare Leader. Author The One Thing Workbook #38 Amazon books and Art Of The Black Dog. Steven has been recognized by the State of Georgia Senate, along with City of Woodstock for humanitarian contributions to his community and State. Steven is also the founder and Executive Director of Green Pets America Charities, a national animal welfare charity.