Are we exploiting our pets? Or is it just a bit of fun?

Are we exploiting our pets? Or is it just a bit of fun?.

via Are we exploiting our pets? Or is it just a bit of fun?.

Dogs are pack animals who need to follow a leader. They have worked alongside us for millennia and, as long as they’re well-treated, there seems to be nothing contentious about that. We might baulk a bit at entertainment though. A dancing dog? Is that right? Well – does the dog have a painful ring through its nose? No. Is it dancing because the floor is electrified or its feet are being shot at? Certainly not. Is it showing signs of fear or stress? That’s harder but, for the most part – no, and not in this particular case. If performance takes precedence over the ‘five freedoms’ then there is exploitation – witting or unwitting. If not, then maybe the dog is just having the darndest fun and dreaming of rabbits in top hats when it gets home?

Cats though …

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