Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of Keeping Pets by Jessica Pierce

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Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of Keeping Pets Read Online Free - A life shared with pets brings many emotions. We feel love for our companions, certainly, and happiness at the thought that we’re providing them with a safe, healthy life. But there’s another emotion, less often acknowledged, that can be nearly as powerful: guilt. When we see our cats gazing wistfully out the window, or watch a goldfish swim lazy circles in a bowl, we can’t help but wonder: are we doing the right thing, keeping these independent beings locked up, subject to our control? Is keeping pets actually good for the pets themselves?
That’s the question that animates Jessica Pierce’s powerful Run, Spot, Run. A lover of pets herself (including, over the years, dogs, cats, fish, rats, hermit crabs, and more), Pierce understands the joys that pets bring us. But she also refuses to deny the ambiguous ethics at the heart of the relationship, and through a mix of personal stories, philosophical reflections, and scientifically informed analyses of animal behavior and natural history, she puts pet-keeping to the test. Is it ethical to keep pets at all? Are some species more suited to the relationship than others? Are there species one should never attempt to own? And are there ways that we can improve our pets’ lives, so that we can be confident that we are giving them as much as they give us?
Deeply empathetic, yet rigorous and unflinching in her thinking, Pierce has written a book that is sure to help any pet owner, unsettling assumptions but also giving them the knowledge to build deeper, better relationships with the animals with whom they’ve chosen to share their lives.

Title : Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of Keeping Pets
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ISBN : 022620989X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Mallory rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 06, 2016

Interesting overall but gosh she had some weird and inconsistent arguments. Like "euthanasia in shelters is TERRIBLE MURDER but maybe it's immoral to spay and neuter our pets." Also her constant comparisons to slavery and the Holocaust struck me as super unnecessary.

Colette rated it ★★★★☆

May 31, 2016

I heard about this book on NPR and thought it sounded good, but when it came in from the library, I worried it would be too radical. It was not. There are so very few laws protecting animals from violent and often deviant owners. This book offers some very reasonable solutions to big problems ani...

Sara Jane rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 25, 2017

If you want me to tell you about this book quickly: Ms. Pierce comes across as having a more lenient attitude towards "responsible" bestiality than responsible breeding. Despite acknowledging the success' of the spay and neuter programs she thinks it is time to consider other options, because "an...

Bethany rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 12, 2016

I expected to have some real eye-opening experiences as a result of having read this book and I didn't get any. I feel like she touched on many arguments, but didn't delve into any of them in a meaningful way. I'm really disappointed.

carolyn rated it ★★★☆☆

February 12, 2017

Thought-provoking but certainly biased.

Alex rated it ★★★★☆

February 16, 2018

This book made me think in the best way. I felt uncomfortable reading a lot of this because it was things I had never known before or never thought of. I think this is an important book to read if you like animals or call yourself an animal activist

Thomas rated it ★★★★☆

May 31, 2016

This feels like a collection of blog posts, but that isn't really a bad thing. The writing is still backed up by facts and figures. It's conversational in tone and very easy to engage with. While I already understood most of what the author presents, it has definitely opened my mind a little more...

Byron rated it ★★★☆☆

August 13, 2016

Left a lot to be desired. I think the crux of my issue with Run has to be the fact that the entire book is written in a style akin to a blog. Too biased (just look at her chapter about euthanasia), too brief. While she raises several key points, such as whether or not it's ethical to keep pets an...

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