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Dominance and Affection: The Making of Pets

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Is it cruelty or playfulness to breed a variety of goldfish with dysfunctional bulging eyes?  Was it an urge for dominance or benevolence that led ladies of eighteenth-century England to keep finely dressed black boys as their pets?  Can we be said to abuse a plant when part of our pleasure lies in twisting its stem into the shape of an animal?

 

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Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 11th 2004 by Yale University Press (first published September 10th 1984)
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Oct 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What does it mean to be a pet? Pets are a condition of disposable income and comfort. A pet is coddled and pampered, but ultimately has no rights of its own. A pet can be bought, sold, given away, and even killed by its owner. This fascinating and truly unique book looks at animal, plant, environmental, and human pets.

The desire to manipulate nature into pets seems a uniquely human trait which remains constant throughout time, place, and society. Seemingly anything can serve the function of a
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