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May 3rd, 2010 (06:33 pm)

Some animal rights activists are fighting to replace the term 'owner' with 'guardian' to convey a more balanced relationship between a person and her or his pet. Do you agree or disagree with the importance of this mission?


My wife is no big animal-rights activist, but one of the first times that I was in her apartment, I noticed that the tag attached to Basil's carrying case said, not "I belong to λ Lastname," but "I belong with λ Lastname." When I said I liked that and asked if that was the phrasing that progressive no-kill shelters suggested or something, she told me no, it just felt right to say it that way: he's a companion to her, not a thing for her to own. I'm no big animal-rights activist either, but I'm pretty sure I fell halfway in love with her right then, on our third date.

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Posted by: she almost looks human--it must be the lighting (brightredday)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
Gandhi animals

I love that story.

Posted by: Ponykins (rolypolypony)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
Pets-PKandCindy

I love that.

Posted by: Tasha Rebekah Martin (lietya)
Posted at: May 4th, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)
4 cats sleeping

Awww, that's so sweet!!

Posted by: The Doctor (pisica)
Posted at: May 4th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)

Perdita is my kitty.

But I am her human. And she makes sure I know this because even though she could sleep on the bed, she sleeps on the sofa with me, though I always turf here off when I turn over.

So...yeah. :)

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