The Declaration of Independence says "all men are created equal."
It took a civil war to show it really meant all men, and generations more to make it all men and women.
Now a small town in Spain has taken another step.
The town council of Trigueros de Valle declared all residents are born equal.
That includes pets.
"A resident, whether human or non-human, is entitled to respect," the council decreed.
Bullfighting is out. It's not clear if dogs and cats get to vote.