Movement to call pet owners "guardians" spurs debate

10/27/2010 | San Francisco Chronicle

Several U.S. cities and municipalities in recent years have adopted laws that make use of the term "guardian" instead of "owner" to describe a person's relationship with pets. Proponents of the movement say it's the first step toward elevating pets to human status, while groups, including the AVMA, are concerned it will cause an increase in lawsuits, especially in relation to malpractice.

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