please quote some of this legislation that grants animals the same rights as human dependants.
As I said. It is in the making. They will not push too hard untill they have a leg to stand on and point at the law and say "See? Right here! You are the Guardian of 2 children and 3 dogs. So you are legally responsible for all 5" If you are the gaurdian, would they all be dependants? Time will tell. But by changing that one word, it opens us up to a flurry of attacks and legislation. Oversimplifying the situation will not make it better.
But if you want to believe that it can never happen and that we are overeacting, sit back and have a chuckle. Meanwhile responsible and proactive keepers will continue to fight for our rights (and yours).