Dogs are people, too -- scientifically speaking

  • Article by: GREGORY BERNS , New York Times
  • Updated: October 7, 2013 - 6:42 PM

Advances in brain science may soon put real bite in the animal rights debate.

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supervon2Oct. 7, 1312:41 PM

I gave a dog a cell phone and a tablet computer. I didn't see anything happen of value.

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omakristyOct. 7, 1312:53 PM

This research affirms what I've always thought; that our animal companions experience positive and negative events is very similar ways that humans do and that animals are not property. We're entrusted with their care and well-being. We do not own our animal companions - they are a gift to be treasured and nurtured.

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elind56Oct. 7, 1312:54 PM

"... this means we must reconsider their treatment as property. If we went a step further and granted dogs rights of personhood, they would be afforded additional protection against exploitation.-----------------------This is tongue-in-cheek...right? Omigod, I don't think it is. The day dogs are granted the right to take legal action against their "guardians" will be the worst thing that could possibly happen to the species as nobody in their right mind would take the chance of bringing a potentially litigious creature into their home.

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theagonygopOct. 7, 13 1:24 PM

supervon2: "I gave a dog a cell phone and a tablet computer. I didn't see anything happen of value." I gave the same items to my teenagers. I didn't see anything happen of value either.

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theagonygopOct. 7, 13 1:27 PM

elind: "The day dogs are granted the right to take legal action against their "guardians" will be the worst thing that could possibly happen to the species as nobody in their right mind would take the chance of bringing a potentially litigious creature into their home." The state already can take legal action against animal abusers on behalf of abused. That doesn't keep people from taking dogs into their homes. It simply prevents or punishes mistreatment.

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odinmanOct. 7, 13 1:29 PM

Next we will hear that a dog breezed through TSA security and snuck onto Delta flight bound for Vegas.

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bddboy96Oct. 7, 13 2:22 PM

Our two dogs are considered family members. We have never treated them as property. Dogs are better "people" than most people. Anyone who has never experienced the unconditional love of a dog is missing out on one of life's greatest feelings.

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merrytrareOct. 7, 13 2:44 PM

If you have ever spent any time with dogs, it's pretty clear that they are empathetic, mischievous (like two year olds), and very in tune with their people. Like people, some dogs are smarter than other dogs and smarter than many people.

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yoyobamazOct. 7, 13 2:50 PM

There is no doubt that my neighbor's dog has an IQ far above that of my neighbor.

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bogie246Oct. 7, 13 3:21 PM

Dogs have emotions? Next someone is going to try to determine if their blood is red. That would be strong evidence they are people.

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