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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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Animal Assisted Intervention and Citizenship Theory

Animal Assisted Intervention and Citizenship Theory

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Pets and People

Zipporah Weisberg

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka’s theory of domesticated animal citizenship provides a useful framework for transforming animal assisted intervention (AAI) into a non-exploitative practice that guarantees the flourishing of its human and nonhuman animal participants. After establishing why dogs are the best candidates for AAI, it is suggested that the citizenship theory model as reimagined by Donaldson and Kymlicka is attractive because it would guarantee that each dog’s subjective good and agency are always promoted, both within and outside the context of AAI. It would also ensure that animals are guaranteed a personal identity outside their work and that they are never subjected to coercive training methods. Under the citizenship model, animals involved in AAI would also be offered duties of protection, medical care, rights of residency and mobility, and institutional, financial, and social support before, during, and after their participation in AAI.

Keywords:   animal assisted intervention, non-exploitative, citizenship theory, dog, Sue Donaldson, Will Kymlicka

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