DIARY: Boulder law alters bark, has no bite

Those jubilant howls and purrs you hear echoing through the Rockies are coming from that bastion of political correctness, Boulder, CO. In a symbolic PR move, the city council may have taken the first baby step toward freeing pets from the bondage of human masters.

Those jubilant howls and purrs you hear echoing through the Rockies are coming from that bastion of political correctness, Boulder, CO. In a symbolic PR move, the city council may have taken the first baby step toward freeing pets from the bondage of human masters.

Those jubilant howls and purrs you hear echoing through the Rockies

are coming from that bastion of political correctness, Boulder, CO. In a

symbolic PR move, the city council may have taken the first baby step

toward freeing pets from the bondage of human masters.



No longer will people who care for cats, dogs, goldfish and hamsters be

called animal owners in city documents. ’Pet guardian’ is the term used

in Boulder’s revised animal codes.



’There’s no legal implication to this,’ admits city spokeswoman Jennifer

Bray. ’They feel that this kind of change would have an effect on

people’s attitudes. Your dog is not the same as your toaster.’



In Defense of Animals, the organization that unsuccessfully pushed for

’pet guardian’ language in San Francisco’s codes before turning its

attention to Boulder, believes animal rights should ultimately be

elevated in the eyes of the law.



’The way we speak is a precursor to the way we act,’ writes president

and veterinarian Elliot Katz in the organization’s No-Kill News.



So the next time your pooch stops to sniff a fellow canine, beware.



What at first may appear to be a simple intraspecies greeting might

instead be conspiratorial whispers in a secret revolution to overthrow

The Man.



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