People sometimes think that well, we are smart...right? But we all know that kids can present issues that even the best parents cannot imagine at times..........
We have always been interested in how animals are trained by people, to help people get things done.
We believe that often times, we expect quite a bit out of children, and sometimes those kids have received very little training, or attention, education, or the correct healthcare. And that can be due to a parent who not only doesn't know what he or she is doing, but doesn't even really care about the kids.
When the general welfare of the kids is ignored, the Courts are obligated to determine WHO (parents, guardians, etc.) is doing what, and how, with the kids. These days, we see many people train their animals with exceptional care, but on the other hand, we sometimes see kids that are not only ignored, but are treated pretty bad.
We also note that in the past 20 years, people are not having kids and instead just have pets. It's not alarming to find that animals are extremely popular, pet products are at an all time high--- the pet product industry is growing and not showing signs of stopping.
So if pets are replacing kids in some cases, we are even finding that in California, the OWNERS of the pets upon divorce---if there is a fight as to which person wants possession of the animal or animals--the Family Law Courts in California can legally make that determination--because the Legislature gave the courts that power??
Custody of an animal has risen in status, such that awarding custody of children is no higher for the most part, than custody of an animal?
If that doesn't strike you as odd, it should. Animal activists have long attempted to get animals to have the same status as people. We aren't saying some animals are not better than some people, because certainly that could be true. But whether "custody" of animals should be directly patterned after custody of kids, we are not so sure that should be the case.
Much of the animal criminal laws in CA are patterned after the CA welfare law re children. People are accused of criminal charges against animals by activists even to extent that such accusations are often not only untrue, but are fabricated. Having seen such cases over the years, we are not so sure that custody of animals should be the same as custody of children.