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Pets and PeopleThe Ethics of Companion Animals$
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Christine Overall

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190456085

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190456085.001.0001

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For Dog’s Sake, Adopt!

For Dog’s Sake, Adopt!

(p.172) 12 For Dog’s Sake, Adopt!
Pets and People

Tina Rulli

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates the claim that people should adopt their animal companions from rescue organizations rather than from breeders, using recent arguments for a duty to adopt children (rather than procreate) as a starting point. The underlying rationale for the claim is the same: adopting saves an existing life that would otherwise be in peril, where creating does not answer to the same important needs. The chapter shows how the animal adoption claim is even more compelling on several fronts. For instance, it is strengthened by the wrong of contributing to breeder practices. But what can be said on the other side? The chapter discusses possible motivations for choosing to buy one’s animal companion from a breeder rather than adopting and shows that these do not constitute justifications for doing so.

Keywords:   adoption, animal companion, rescue, duty to adopt, breeder

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