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Cary Wolfe on Post-Humanism and Animal Studies

Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English, Cary Wolfe discusses his work in post-humanism and shares his view on animal rights. Wolfe is a professor ...
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Discusses reasons for a post-humanist discourse on animals.  Explores the ways of being in the world that "aren't like us."  Shows problems with projecting human qualities and assumptions and discourse onto animals.

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Pet Talk: Small animals can make great pets with proper care - OregonLive.com

Pet Talk: Small animals can make great pets with proper care - OregonLive.com | Rhetoric of pets | Scoop.it

Part of the family

If they’re socialized properly, rats, guinea pigs and chinchillas can all be friendly and interactive.

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I'm curious about that phrase "part of the family" with regards to pets. I'm curious to know more about how it's use is changing over time.

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Karl Steel: An Introduction to Critical Animal Studies | Itineration

Karl Steel: An Introduction to Critical Animal Studies | Itineration | Rhetoric of pets | Scoop.it
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Helps describe the major concepts in critical animal studies.  Offers, for me, a way to begin looking at the rhetoric of pets or the ways we communicate about pets and, in general, symbolize pets as other and not other.

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Ambassador Pit Bull Rescue

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Part of the mission of this advocacy group is to educate the public about pit bulls. They seek to allay discriminatory practices and beliefs about these pets.

 

They have a rhetorically resonant tagline: "Ending discrimination through education." And, again, I think this is a powerful symbolic indicator of, perhaps, a post humanist perspective in which the emphasis is on understanding the pets' ways of being in the world as valid.

 

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Neuticles

Neuticles | Rhetoric of pets | Scoop.it

Thank you for your interest in patented Neuticles and the revolutionary testicular implant procedure for pets. 

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Over a half million caring pet owners Worldwide have selected Neuticles as a completely safe, practical and inexpensive option when neutering their beloved pet.

Neuticles allows pets to retain their natural look, self esteem and aids the pet's owner with the trauma associated with altering.

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Yup. It's a little strange for me to consider this, but neuticles is a cosmetic surgery for male pets to get back the appearance of their pre-neutered selves.  

 

This is an important product that reflects a number of symbolic practices that occur with regards to our pets.  When I lived in Washington, my wife was interning as a veterinary technician and she noticed that many men had trouble deciding whether or not to neuter their male pets. I think the concerns go beyond asking, "Will this change my pet's personality?" Pets are extensions of selves and I think in some cultures testicles signify power and virility.  A dog w/out might be seen as weak and consubstantiate an owner with the dog with that "lack." Neuticles also show an ethic of care about what pets feel. As we identify with pets, we become symbolically "WITH" them and desire their own well-being-be it phyisical or emotional.

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Feelings for our pets are real, but not in a legal way - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Feelings for our pets are real, but not in a legal way Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette The eyes of Texas were upon the state's high court when it reaffirmed an 1891 ruling that because pets are personal property, a bereaved owner of a negligently...
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"...a bereaved owner of a negligently killed dog can seek only economic damages, not emotional damages. A lower court had sided with the Medlen family, letting them sue for "loss of companionship" after their dog Avery escaped from their backyard, was captured by animal control officers and was mistakenly euthanized."

 

Interesting way to look at animals/pets as property and how "wrongful death liability" doesn't apply currently. Article raises questions about what pets mean to us and, for me, how language informs that meaning.

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