Pets’ rights explored in 'Citizen Canine'

Pets’ rights explored in 'Citizen Canine'

David Grimm discusses our evolving relationship with cats and dogs

By Sarah Zielinski, 12:08 PM May 30, 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 journ...

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