July 11, 2018

Pets still property under the law, despite vocal opposition

Pets still property under the law, despite vocal opposition

Written by: Jennifer Shuber



By AdvocateDaily.com Staff

While the approach may be out of date, the law still treats animals as property, Toronto family lawyer Jennifer Samara Shuber tells AdvocateDaily.com.

Shuber, a lawyer with Beard Winter LLP, says a string of decisions from across the country confirming that pets are viewed no differently than furniture or personal belongings in divorce proceedings can be disturbing to animal lovers.

“There are people who believe that statutes need to reflect the new reality of how people view their pets, which is more like part of the family. It’s an ongoing debate, but for now, the law is the law and pets are treated as property,” she says. “It’s a bit of an outmoded view that whoever shelled out the money for the pet is the one who gets to keep it, but whether it’s a dog, a ring or a car, they’re all treated the same way.”

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