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France decides that pets are no longer just 'property'

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According to Wednesday's publication of the Telegraph, France has decided to acknowledge that pets are more than just property.

Contrary to a ruling in Oregon this week, which overturned an animal-cruelty conviction based on pets being seen as simple "property," the parliament in France voted to grant rights to pets, a move which should make animal-cruelty cases and custody cases, easier to prosecute.

The move to change the status quo came about after a strong push by animal welfare groups - nearly 700,000 individuals signed a petition asking for the long-standing law to be overturned.

Reha Hutin, who heads of the animal protection society which created the petition, noted that it was:

“ridiculous to see pets as pieces of furniture that can walk by themselves”.

Meanwhile, back in the United States, in most areas, pets still fall in the same category as couches, lamps and shoes.

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