Colombians would get two paid days off from work to mourn the death of their pets, under a proposal being considered in Bogotá.
Politician Alejandro Carlos Chacon introduced the bill in the country’s House of Representatives last Thursday, Spanish language outlet El Tiempo reported.
“Some people do not have children but they do have a much-loved pet with which they develop a deep brotherly bond,” Chacon reportedly said.
The Liberal Party lawmaker reportedly said that “6 out of 10 Colombian households have a domestic animal,” and family members experienced “considerable emotional effects” when their four-legged friends died.
Under the proposed measure, workers would not qualify for bereavement if an exotic pet died, and anyone caught lying about their pooch’s passing would be hit with fines, according to the article.
The bill would reportedly have to pass through four debates between the Senate and House before becoming law.
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