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.

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  • aaron

    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

      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.

      • aaron

        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

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

          • aaron

            Haha I agree. Dont forget parasites as well.

          • Number1Framer

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

          • InfvoCuernos

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

          • InfvoCuernos

            for today, that is.

          • aaron

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

          • Number1Framer

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

          • aaron

            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

            Hey man, the eighties were a very different time…

          • InfvoCuernos

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

          • aaron

            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

            Remora? The Craigslist ride-sharers of the ocean?

          • aaron

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

          • Number1Framer

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

          • aaron

            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

            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.

  • Anarchy Pony

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

    • InfvoCuernos

      Sounds like something Oscar Wilde would say.

      • Anarchy Pony

        Then I’m on my way.

  • BuzzCoastin

    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.

  • HowardBrazee

    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

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

  • kowalityjesus

    http://www.snopes.com/religion/soulweight.asp Dogs don’t have souls, it’s proven.

  • terrasodium

    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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