Are Cats and Dogs People, or Toasters? A Primer on Pet Personhood

Hey there all my peeps! I don’t like to do two reblogs in a row, but I just discovered this amazing blog, Animal Blawg. This post really made me think. After reading this, you might also want to read: http://animalblawg.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/mind-if-i-order-the-cheeseburger-other-questions-people-ask-vegans-2/. Happy reading!!

Animal Blawg

David Grimm

 “Dogs Are People, Too”. So ran the headline of a New York Timesop-ed over the weekend. The piece, written by Emory University neuroscientist Gregory Burns, argued that because dogs experience some of the same emotions we do (as evinced by some preliminary MRI studies Burns and a friend carried out on canine brain activity), they should be granted rights and “a sort of limited personhood”. The National Review shot back with its own editorial, arguing that personhood for dogs is a threat to human pet peopleexceptionalism and that it would effectively turn pets into slaves.

What exactly is pet personhood, and how could it impact the relationship between you and your cat or dog? I cover this topic in my new book, Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs, to be published this spring by PublicAffairs. In the meantime, here’s everything you need to…

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About celestedimilla

Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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