Should Pets Be Granted Personhood?

Screen Shot 2014-06-01 at 3.54.26 PM“BARK! BARK! MEOW! MEOW! EQUALITY FOR PETS RIGHT NOW!”

– Traditional activist street chant, Cat and Dog Union, Local #932

Cats and dogs have become furry little children in the eyes of many Americans. Pet owners call themselves “mom” or “dad.” Some celebrate their animals’ birthdays and spend thousands of dollars on toys, food and veterinary care. Others even risk their lives for pets, as when owners refused to enter shelters that wouldn’t take in animals before Hurricane Katrina.

And now pets appear to be on the path to full citizenship, writes Grimm, a science journalist. “Dogs and cats have reached a critical juncture in their social evolution: As they inch towards personhood, we must decide whether to embrace them as fellow members of society or limit them to being mere pets.”

Grimm spends much of his book tracing the history of dogs and cats from wild animals to humans’ tools and on to beloved pets. This was not an easy path — cats, for instance, may have been heralded as gods in ancient Egypt, but they were also stoned, drowned and burned at the stake as witches’ familiars in medieval times. More recently, owners have struggled for courts to recognize pets as something more than property, as beings with rights of their own.

via Pets’ rights explored in ‘Citizen Canine’ | Science News.

27 Comments on "Should Pets Be Granted Personhood?"

  1. Until made up things like corporations are not considered people I see no real reason in arguing that pets shouldn’t be considered people.

    • Number1Framer | Jun 2, 2014 at 12:34 am |

      I can see something of a ‘bill of rights for animals’ being a good idea,
      but personhood is a stretch. Corpos (people with real voices) would oppose
      it because they may be forced to treat the animal resources they render
      into products in a humane manner which is totally not budget conscious.

      • I wasnt actually saying to give animals personhood status i was saying when we give made up entities such as corpations personhood status, animals having it doesnt seem so far fetched anymore.

        • Number1Framer | Jun 2, 2014 at 1:22 am |

          I think viruses and cancerous tumors are also people since we we act so similar to them. But trees and plants? Fuck them!

          • Haha I agree. Dont forget parasites as well.

          • Number1Framer | Jun 2, 2014 at 1:32 am |

            Lamprey, leeches, and those Amazon fish that swim up your dickhole. Check. Did we miss any others?

          • InfvoCuernos | Jun 2, 2014 at 2:02 am |

            upvote for most creative way to bring up your dickhole in a conversation.

          • InfvoCuernos | Jun 2, 2014 at 2:02 am |

            for today, that is.

          • Yep this is true. No one truly knows what dickhole conversations tomorrow can bring.

          • Number1Framer | Jun 2, 2014 at 9:19 am |

            I said your dickhole. Mine’s been fish-free since at least ’84. Lol

          • Ahh yes summer 1984 was that trip to the Amazon and you got blackout drunk and waded in to the river to take a piss. It was either a fish or something from that hooker you picked up in Rio de Janeiro.

          • Number1Framer | Jun 2, 2014 at 4:26 pm |

            Hey man, the eighties were a very different time…

          • InfvoCuernos | Jun 2, 2014 at 6:04 pm |

            Maybe I should have put it in quotes-“your dickhole”.

          • Maybe those fish that attach them selves to sharks and whales to hitch a free ride places? Cant remember the name. Other than that the list seems good.

          • Number1Framer | Jun 2, 2014 at 10:09 am |

            Remora? The Craigslist ride-sharers of the ocean?

          • Haha what are you a fish aficionado? Lets be honest here. Did you actually know this or have to google it?

          • Number1Framer | Jun 2, 2014 at 4:20 pm |

            I knew it. I grew up in the time when the Discovery Channel actually had educational programming.

          • Oh and the history channel had actual history too? And not just reality shows about how rednecks in Alabama make moonshine and evade the police and shows about pawn shops.

          • Number1Framer | Jun 2, 2014 at 4:35 pm |

            Remember the show Wild Discovery? They actually did have some good stuff. I don’t think the History Channel existed then, but I’m not sure. Obfuscation of history is a whole different ball of lint than nature documentaries.

  2. Anarchy Pony | Jun 2, 2014 at 12:44 am |

    Cats? They’re terrible. They are sharp at every end but one, and that end stinks.

  3. BuzzCoastin | Jun 2, 2014 at 1:21 am |

    You brought the fuckin’ Pomeranian bowling?

    What do you mean brought it bowling, Dude? I didn’t rent it shoes. I’m not buying it a fucking beer. He’s not taking your fucking turn, Dude.

  4. HowardBrazee | Jun 2, 2014 at 8:45 am |

    I have found many of the arrests I have read about in the papers for “animal cruelty” to be odd – when I compare some relatively minor mistreatment of a pet with what happens on our food producing industry. What makes pet species so much more special than chickens and cattle?

    • Oginikwe | Jun 2, 2014 at 1:02 pm |

      “Some we love, some we hate, some we eat” is a great, thoughtful book on our emotions surrounding animals.

  5. kowalityjesus | Jun 2, 2014 at 12:09 pm | Dogs don’t have souls, it’s proven.

  6. terrasodium | Jun 3, 2014 at 6:14 pm |

    considering the fact that most sheep and cattle don’t have a clue about the difference between a natural right and a legislated privilege, having them ask for more state authorized documented protection for their cute furry child substitutes appears as logical as this group could attain.

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