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Pets’ rights explored in 'Citizen Canine'

David Grimm discusses our evolving relationship with cats and dogs

7:30pm, May 31, 2014

Citizen Canine
David Grimm
PublicAffairs, $26.99

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

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