A new bill introduced in Colombia’s House of Representatives would give workers two days of paid time off to mourn the death of a pet. The measure notes the death of exotic pets do not qualify for the bereavement days, and anyone caught lying would be subject to a fine.
Carlos Chacon, who introduced the law, thinks it’s important. “Some people do not have children but they do have a much-loved pet with which they develop a deep brotherly bond,” he said, noting that “six out of 10 Colombian households have a domestic animal,” and he’s had family members who experienced “considerable emotional effects” when their furbabies died.
The law only covers cat's and dogs. Anyone caught lying about the death of a pet will face fines.
Carlos expects it to be signed into law for 2022.