(Washington, D.C.) The widespread practice of keeping animals as pets has
often caused animal rights activists to campaign for the release of those
animals. With public opinion largely against such a remedy, an animal
rights group has now filed a lawsuit in federal court to require financial
compensation to pets.
People for the Impartial Treatment of Animals (PITA) spokesperson Flora
Freebird explained, "If people insist on the enslavement of animals, then
those animals should be entitled to just compensation for the freedom they
are denied as well as the work they perform."
While it is not clear what pets would do with the money, Ms. Freebird said
that it is only a matter of time before science figures out a way for humans
to communicate with animals on a verbal, cognitive level.
"If the dolphins at Sea World could speak, I am sure they could
tell us how they want their money spent", said Ms. Freebird. "One
would reasonably expect that their concern for their fellow animals
would move many of them to donate to our cause."
The animal rights supporters are seeking an animal minimum wage,
with the funds being put into a trust that would be monitored by the
federal government, just as a company is required by law to the IRS
payments made to employees.
As an extension of the minimum wage concept, PITA is also trying to establish
a pay scale that would take into account how much work the pet is
required to do on a daily basis - for instance, performing tricks,
retrieving newspapers, pulling sleds - as well as the relative size
of the animal to its cage or the house in which it is "imprisoned".
"It's time we stopped treating animals like animals", explained Ms. Freebird.
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