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PE01776: Dogs are not inanimate objects


Petitioner: Maryann Parry-Jones


Date Lodged: 20 January 2020

Calling on the Scottish Parliment to urge the Scottish Government to change the classification of dogs to sentient beings from inanimate objects, for the purposes of legal action on dog theft.

Petition History:

SPICe Briefing (114KB pdf) 


20 February 2020: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report of Meeting 20 February 2020

Written submissions

Scottish Government submission of 18 March 2020 (67KB pdf)

How can dogs be classified as inanimate objects when humans rely on their valuble support when working as Fire & Rescue Dogs, Mountain Rescue, Police Dogs, Therapy Dogs and Guide Dogs?

I would rather be with an animal than a human. The world would be in an even sorrier state without them. Respect where it is due.

Lezlie Fergus

14:34 on 19 Jan 2020

There are living,breathing beings and clearly not inanimate.They desperately need protection from human beings who seek to do them them harm.

Fiona Riddoch

14:38 on 18 Jan 2020

Dogs are not objects and have rights too

Jackie cruickshanks

13:39 on 18 Jan 2020

The quicker this is passed the better for our fur babies

Danna Quinn

13:08 on 18 Jan 2020

My dog is part of my family.. Not just an object !

Linda Finnie

12:20 on 18 Jan 2020

You only need to look into there eyes

Judith Richardson

10:30 on 17 Jan 2020

animals are sentient. their ability to empathise it outstanding

denise hooper

10:10 on 17 Dec 2019

Yes dogs and cats needs law protection ..if stolen ...the law uses k9 so why they are classified as Inanimate object ....they serve the public they have the right to be protected .....

Angel Goldie

11:27 on 12 Dec 2019

We petition the fact that you class our dogs as inanimate objects.

Linda berry

7:23 on 12 Dec 2019

About time

Elizabeth Robertson

11:56 on 10 Dec 2019

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