Many people become attached to their pets and treat them as their equals, offering them unconditional love and not thinking of them as an animal, but as a friend, or part of their family. This can prove to be beneficial for both parties and can make both of them closer, and happier.
Every year, more than 4 million are victims of domestic violence, also known as spousal abuse. One might not see the connection between pet ownership and abuse, but Adriana Meucci, an animal rights advocate is campaigning to raise awareness about the correlation between domestic violence and pet ownership.
In a recent study, over 75% of women going through domestic violence confessed that they weren’t taking any action for sake of their pets. Meucci, who recently was awarded the title of “Outstanding Volunteer” by the Closter Animal Welfare Society, was horrified by the legal state of this issue.
She is campaigning for improved laws, which will allow unconditional ownership of one’s pets in case of domestic violence. In addition, she also is clamoring for on-site shelters for pets of victims. The second part is necessary, because as of now, domestic shelters don’t have adequate space or suitable timings for the Pets of these Victims, which is why Meucci is demanding a ramp up in accessibility standards of domestic Shelters.
Meucci added that that in many states pets can now be included in restraining orders, the PAWS ACT would take this a step further by making sure women can escape to safe havens with space for their pets as well as themselves and their children.
To achieve this goal, she has started Petition Signatures on The Petition Hub and Causes, and has also been campaigning on all major Social Channels, to ensure that her voice is being heard. She wants others to take up the mantle and enable more widespread awareness of this issue, so that the legal framework can undergo some changes to support these victims.