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New York State Senate
Brad Hoylman
New York State Senate
Peter J. Abbate Jr.
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New Jersey
Sen. Cory Booker

State and Federal Legislators: Pass laws granting Limited Personhood to companion animals

    1. Amanda Ambrose
    2. Petition by

      Amanda Ambrose

      New York, NY

Under current laws, companion animals are considered property. On the other hand, corporations have protections under a limited amount of personhood. Animals, as sentient beings deserve some fundamental rights. They do not need all the rights of a competent, adult, human being. However, they could have the right to life granted to them. This would mean that if someone murders a dog, for example if your neighbor shoots your dog for going onto his/her territory, the neighbor has violated a fundamental right of the animal. (Under current law the neighbor can be charged with destruction of property). Granting animals limited personhood and giving them some fundamental rights, will bring harsher punishments for people who violate these rights.

For example,  there are no laws concerning the temperature in which dogs MUST be brought inside.  It is currently a frigid January night with windchill at -3 degrees F and snowing.  My neighbor has his dog outside locked in a dog crate.  I think most people would find this an act of cruelty.  However, because the dog does not have a fundamental right to proper shelter, this is legal.  I would like to close this loophole.

Recent signatures

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    1. 200 Signatures!

      Amanda Ambrose
      Petition Organizer

      Hello Petition-Signers!

      I am pleased to announce we reach 200 signatures last night! Thank you all for signing!

      -Amanda

    2. Reached 200 signatures
    3. Update from Personhood4Paws Pettion

      Amanda Ambrose
      Petition Organizer

      Hello Signees!

      I am thrilled that we have reached 175 signatures! I know we all have busy lives, but I would be thrilled if you could pass this petition onl even to one person. Email is easy enough, right? Everyone knows someone who is an "animal-lover," a vegetarian, a vegan, a crazy cat lady, right? I bet that person would sign if they haven't yet! Tell your mom, dad, sister, brother, daughter, son, aunt, uncle, significant other, cousins, classmates, co-workers!

      The momentum has been amazing so far! Please keep it going!

      Thank you all, again, so SO much!!!

      -Amanda

    4. Reached 100 signatures
    5. DAY 1

      Amanda Ambrose
      Petition Organizer

      Wow!!!! On day #1 we reached 27 signatures!! Keep up the good work everyone!!! Pass this on!

    6. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Christopher Messina BREWSTER, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      So people who abuse animals face penalties commensurate with such behavior

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    • therese frantz SAN MARCOS, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      bcause i luv animals...

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    • Lola Johnson SUFFERN, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Because animals are living creatures that we, as humans, bring into our homes for companionship, under our watch, so they can feel safe within our shelter. They are our children, and should be treated and given rights as so.

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    • Amelia Arrigo YARDLEY, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      It's about time that people who are cruel to animals are held accountable for their actions.

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    • Dorie Castro NEW YORK, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Because animals are important to me and I recognize how much they do for people, and how much they deserve our help in return

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