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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The true value of our pets

Lawsuits are mounting over the deaths of numerous cats and dogs across the country who were allegedly given contaminated pet food that caused their kidneys to shut down. Menu Foods, an Ontario-based manufacturer of brand- and private-label wet pet foods, is at the heart of many of the lawsuits and was the first of several companies to recall the now more than 100 brands of tainted pet foods and treats. Some plaintiffs are claiming that Menu Foods knew that the food could kill pets before the recall.

As an animal lover who views her own cats as members of the family, I feel deeply for those who have lost their pets to the contaminated foods or gone through the ordeal of almost losing them. The only good that could possibly come out of this horrible tragedy is that it is highlighting the ongoing debate over the value of our pets.

Are they simply property, whose worth is nothing more than what a person paid for them? Or do they have "intrinsic value" that is much more than that? Should people be awarded compensation for the emotional distress of losing a beloved family pet? We would love to hear your thoughts on the issue.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I think emotional distress damages should be available for the loss of a beloved pet, just as they would be for the loss of any other loved one.