To many, the animal-human bond is as sacred as that between humans. The New Jersey Supreme Court does not agree, reports the NEW JERSEY LAW JOURNAL. In "McDougall v Lamm," the court ruled that witnessing the death of one's pet does not constitute grounds for damages.
Yet, we know that it does. Even normal grief over the expected passing over of one's animal companion is a heavy burden. It's almost unbearable for any of us to imagine having to endure that worst case scenario which was presented in "McDougall v Lamm."
But the courts will catch up, just as they did with legal issues associated with the Internet. They have to. We have learned from the gay rights movement that an unaccepable social value can be made acceptable, including in state law. We will pull out all stops to reframe how society views and treats animal companions.
This Saturday I am attending a two-hour grief support workshop in Southington, Connecticut. I can't let go of my animal companion Carlotta who had to be put to sleep last February 20th. My human friends say, "Try it." I have a hunch that I won't be the only there because of the loss of so-called "pet," not a human.