The Rhode Island state legislature is considering a bill that would allow for the appointment of an animal advocate in cases before the courts in which the custody of an animal is at issue. H 7499, An Act Relating to Animal and Animal Husbandry – Cruelty to Animals, would give animals a voice in such cases.
Animals are considered property but should be given more consideration than toasters and automobiles. They are living, breathing, sentient beings, not inanimate objects. Therefore, they need an advocate to represent their best interest when disputes arise that wind up in court.
Rhode Island residents, contact your legislators and let them know you support H 7499.