Dogs Are People, Too

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Kusala
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Dogs Are People, Too

Postby Kusala » Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:43 am

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He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "

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Re: Dogs Are People, Too

Postby cooran » Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:53 am

Absolutely fascinating!

It is really going to raise moral questions in the future.

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Re: Dogs Are People, Too

Postby Kim OHara » Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:50 am

cooran wrote:Absolutely fascinating!

It is really going to raise moral questions in the future.

With metta,
Chris

Hi, Chris,
It's already raising moral questions, especially as regards apes. See, for instance, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_ape_personhood.
If you wanted to look at it in a social-political context, you could see it as an extension of the sporadic movement to extend rights from adult males to women, to children, to other ethnic groups (e.g. indigenous Australians were not counted in the census when I was a child and some had no voting rights) and so on - happening at different speeds all around the world.
The question, as in our endless debates over "sentience", is how and where to draw the line.
For my part, I think it's an abuse and corruption of language to call animals "people" but I would like to see all animals treated with more respect and dignity, however we go about achieving that.

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Re: Dogs Are People, Too

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:26 am

Greetings,

Kim OHara wrote:For my part, I think it's an abuse and corruption of language to call animals "people" but I would like to see all animals treated with more respect and dignity, however we go about achieving that.

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