ACAP (Acceptable Companion Animal Philosophy).
ACAP supports mutual respect between humans and their companion animals (“companions”). It proposes that companions, due to their scientifically documented sentience and their significant role in enhancing human life, should be granted stronger legal protection and be removed from property classification under the law.
ACAP is a balanced approach, in response to a societal shift, which has already occurred, in which the mainstream society agrees that companions are not property, yet, this is recognized by law in only a few jurisdictions. Social change precedes legislative change. New laws and policies based on ACAP will hold humans more accountable, not only for the conditions of life of the companions they adopt, but also for those that are routinely killed in animal shelters.
Animal welfare is a social justice issue. Advocating for stronger legal protection of companions is part of the broader social movement to create a more socially just world and open the doors for other animals. Society needs to consider the interests of other sentient beings, not only human beings.
ACAP proposes that companion’s right to live out their natural life spans is codified in the law, with the legal protection they deserve. ACAP will not only improve animal welfare, but also synchronously curtail animal abusers, acknowledging that animal abuse perpetuates other forms of violence toward humans.
Legal documentation that reflects the intrinsic value of animal life, and nature, will promote kindness, compassion, and love for others, especially the most vulnerable. It will lead to a more empathetic and compassionate next generation.