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It is obvious to all people that our lives are regulated by law. Failure to follow the established rules may have very unpleasant consequences for the person who decided not to respect them.

No wonder that the law also covers such an important aspect of people’s lives as attitudes towards animals. On the one hand, their quality of life depends on our actions. On the other hand, our functioning towards animals is largely based on the use of animals in everyday life.

Animal rights in the past

Our attitude towards animals is based on the belief that they are lower-order beings who are fully subject to human interests. Comparing them to walking machines meant that in the circle of European culture, we exploited subordinate species to the maximum. Only with the development of humanitarian concepts was it noticed that animals also have consciousness and feel pain and loss.

The first resolutions prohibiting the torture of horses were passed in Great Britain in the early 19th century. At that time, the first animal rights organization RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) was established there. Another ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) was established in the USA.

New standards

Gradually, with the development of science in the field of zoology and the unlimited development of industry, it was realized that the subject of nature, both animals and plants, landscape, requires special protection. In 1978, the International Federation for Animal Rights adopted the World Declaration of Animal Rights, later endorsed by UNESCO. The basic assumption of the declaration is the belief that an animal is not a thing and has the right to life, freedom, and respect. This means that people have become responsible for the life of animals so they should pay special attention to the fate of all species on the planet.

Today, each country creates its detailed regulations and rules for animal protection. Every person who has animals under their care is obliged to keep them healthy and well-being. Any abuse of pupils is a crime for which the perpetrator is prosecuted ex officio. We should all be aware of the responsibility for the lives of our smaller friends. Responsible for the well-being of even our dog friends, we care about healthy sleep, look for a suitable bed for your pet, e.g. from the Bowl&Bone Republic series, select the best food and devote our time to them.

The article was created with the substantive support of the partner BB Republic.