Imagine: pet ownership made a formal legal guardianship complete with enforceable fiduciary duties — that is, if we can have pets at all.
This kind of thinking drives me nuts. First, we don’t treat animals as mere things or as being akin to inanimate objects.
A “manifesto” in the science journal Human Evolution declares that chimpanzees and bonobos should be considered legal “persons” with legally enforceable “rights.”
Why the alarm? Remember, it only takes one judge.