I got this email this morning with this news story from Brazil. I couldn't believe it - I'm going to do some research on how they treat their companion animals in this country now, because I can't believe that they would think that any sentient being like themselves (ie a dog or a cat) wouldn't deserve a name the same as a human. And that it might cause a child distress to the point that the person who gave the sentient being (ie a dog or a cat) that name should be punished by the law with a fine or community service. I know they like to wear bikinis in Brazil and bum implants are really big over there - but maybe they could use some brain implants too! I'll let you know what I find out about my research into their treatment of companion animals. I don't imagine it's going to be good!
Here's the article:
Brazilian lawmakers want ban on human names for pets
Friday, October 29, 2004
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- A Brazilian legislator wants to make it illegal to give pets names that are common among people.
Federal congressman Reinaldo Santos e Silva proposed the law after psychologists suggested that some children may get depressed when they learn they share their first name with someone's pet, said Damarias Alves, a spokeswoman for Silva.
"Names have importance," said Alves. The congressman "wants to challenge people's assumptions that it's acceptable to give animals human names," she said.
If the law is passed, pet stores and veterinary clinics would be required to display a sign noting the prohibition of human first names for pets.
Brazilians who break the law would be subject to fines or community service.
Alves admitted the law's chances of passage were slim but said Silva hoped the bill would call attention to his other efforts to protect animals.
"He's proposed many laws to protect wildlife in Brazil, but this is the only one that has ever gotten any attention," Alves said.