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It's Time to Update the Way We Think About Animals

The terms 'Animal Owner' and 'Animal Ownership' represent the cruel, outdated, demeaning and exploitative paradigms that non-human animals are only mere objects, property, commodities, and things with no interests or needs of their own, to be bred, bought and sold, exploited, and killed for profit, food, fashion, entertainment, experimentation or when they are no longer wanted or useful.

The Guardian initiative is an international effort designed to instill greater levels of respect, responsibility, compassion, and nonviolence toward the animals with whom we share our homes, our lives, our planet. By disavowing the exploitative concept and accompanying language of animal ownership we can and will reconstruct the social and legal relationships between human and nonhuman animals.