A new animal rights bill has been introduced

The Dog and Cat Bill were introduced by California Rep. Miguel Santiago on Feb. 11 of this year. iIf passed, Bill 1881 will increase the legal rights of animals. 

The bill states that animals will be free from exploitation, cruelty, neglect and abuse, daily mental stimulation, appropriate exercise, nutritious food, sanitary water, and shelter in an appropriate and safe environment. Additionally, the bill would add preventive and therapeutic health care, proper identification through tags, microchips, or other humane means, spaying, and neutering to prevent unwanted litter. 

Ideally, the bill could help lower euthanization rates by lowering the number of domesticated animals reproducing with various resources the bill would provide. “Dogs and cats have the right to be respected as sentient beings that experience complex feelings that are common among living animals while being unique to each individual animal,” California Legislature Information stated. The bill improves the functions and conditions of shelters and rescue groups by the risk of fines. It also enforces these more strictly upon the animal owners with stricter punishments. Bill 1881, is currently awaiting approval from other representatives.