This week, City Council members in Parma, Ohio voted unanimously to change the city’s animal related ordinances to recognize pets as part of the family by adopting the term “guardian” instead of “owner.” Parma is the first city in the state to adopt this language, and one of 18 cities to make such a change.
The move was spurred by efforts from high school student Brandon Yanak, who stated, “As more people begin to think and act as ’guardians’ of their animal companions, I expect to see higher levels of animal care and appreciation, thus helping to end many animal-related problems such as people breeding animals and keeping too many in inadequate conditions on their property in Parma.”
In Defense of Animals (IDA), who started the Guardian Campaign in 1999, is applauding this move and thanking both Yanak and Councilwoman Mary Galinas for their efforts in accomplishing this change.
“Thank you, Parma, for recognizing the important role language plays in creating a more compassionate, peaceful and just society for animals and their guardians,” said Anita Carswell, IDA’s Guardian Campaign Director.
To learn more, visit the Guardian Campaign.
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