Is your pet in your will?

kitten.jpgWhat responsibility do we have to our pets? Should we make provision for our pets in our wills?

I wonder how many people are aware that William Wilberforce, the British politician who led the charge on the abolition of human slavery, was also led by his Christian convictions to help found the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Just last week the Animal Law Committee of the New South Wales Young Lawyers launched a brochure titled What About Me? It’s a plain language brochure designed to help people understand the options available when preparing their wills if they want to include provision for their pets.

Pets share the lives of the majority of Australians with approximately 65% of all Australian households owning a pet. While they are beloved members of our family, how many of us have thought about what might happen if our furry family members outlive us?

My regular Wednesday morning guest on 98.5 Sonshine FM is Ross Clifford who is the Principal of Morling College in New South Wales and current President of the Baptist Union of Australia. Each week we chat about a range of issues relating to spirituality and belief.

Today we discussed our responsibility to our pets and whether we should make provision in our wills for our furry and feathered friends.

You can hear today’s segment by clicking the play button on the audio player at the bottom of this post.

What do you think about the place of pets in our lives? Do we place too much emphasis on animals or not enough? I’d appreciate your thoughts in the comments section of this post.

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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