April’s IL Press introduced us to the Journal of Animal Ethics, pets are humans too. First issue: “…Judith Benz-Schwarzburg and Andrew Knight examine the cognitive abilities of animals and asks how long they can be denied similar rights to humans; Grace Clement asks whether animals can be classed as “pets or meat”? Barbro Froding, Martin Peterson, and Mark J. Rowlands debate whether animal ethics should be based on friendship, and Jan Deckers and Jay B. McDaniel debate whether Whiteheadians should be vegetarians.”
They continue on to debate the words owners and pets. Owners is deemed ‘technically’ correct although an insult to the animal which is then denoted as property. Imagine how My Butt’s vegetables feel when pulled out of the ground. Pet is condescending to the animal’s career. How do these people feel when they say ‘Whiteheadians’?
The new goal is to focus on our moral relations with pets. Imagine what my wife’s horse thinks every time she wears horse jewelry around him. How painful must it be for her dog when I call him Killer? We have a small tank we’ve been meaning to use, the big one’s full. Today I decided to buy a piranha, name him Barack, and make a new home for him. We will be companions.