Friday, September 2, 2011

Addendum to Animal Rights Post

Scroll down a couple weeks and you'll find my post titled "My Thoughts on Animal Rights." I maintain the same beliefs I posted there, and would like to add to that discussion an article I recently found by David Fleming of ESPN The Magazine. It is posted in the context of the whole Michael Vick drama, but the overall message has for more consequential implications about the way American society hypocritically values animals.

"Over the past century, what started out as the gentrification of pets has evolved into puppy love. In his book Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals, Hal Herzog, a leading expert on the psychology of human-animal relations, traces the rise of this phenomenon back to 19th-century France. When dogs and cats became synonymous with status in the French middle class, the meme was quickly transferred to American culture...

...Since 1995, the same year Microsoft released Internet Explorer 1.0, spending on the care, feeding and pampering of American pets has gone up 300 percent to $50 billion, or enough to hire 1.5 million elementary school teachers. We have three dog shelters for every one dedicated to battered women. For $150,000 you can buy your pet a diamond dog collar at the Posh Puppy Boutique, or for $5,390 you can purchase a two-story doghouse in the style of a Swiss chalet, while as many as 200,000 veterans sleep on the streets."

The full article, which is excellent and well worth the read, can be found here.

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