Changing the term from Owner to Guardian is not needed, and in fact, will result in many unintended consequences for pet owners.
Not just a “warm-and-fuzzy” change in terminology
It will lead to confusion and create a quagmire of legal issues for the courts, government, veterinarians, and families with pets
Jeopardizes the readily available health care delivery system for animals by unnecessary legal delays
Animals are not, and never will be, able to care for themselves if emancipated
There is no real evidence that the name change will benefit and actually improve the quality of life for our pets
Changing the term to “guardian” will not prevent the animal abuse, cruelty and neglect that exists today in our society
The terms “owner” and “guardian” are two entirely different legal designations and cannot be used interchangeably
It could undermine our laws that protect animals and provide public safety — most are predicated upon the determination of “ownership” and may not apply
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It’s Not About Politics….It’s About Your Profession. The CVMA PAC is a bipartisan political action committee whose purpose is to educate state legislators and candidates on issues of importance to the veterinary profession.