A pet or companion animal is an animal kept primarily for a person’s company, protection, or entertainment rather than as a working animal, livestock, or laboratory animal. I cannot see the difference between a human “pet” and a mutualist where both animals benefit from association, or verging on parasitism as in some beetles and ant colonies. The beetles are fed just like they are young. On the other hand you have cattle egrets who develop life long relationships with cattle, or golden jackals and tigers who do the same. One could go on. The question is what is a pet? I think it falls into the mutualist category.
Wilson, C.C., and D.C. Turner, eds. 1997. Companion Animals in Human Health. Sage Publications. Journal co-editor Priscilla Cohn, a philosophy professor emerita at Penn State-Abington near Philadelphia, noted in an email that the discussion has implications for humans as well. This section will assist you with all your animal concerns and, at the same time, pay tribute to the creatures that brighten our lives. Keep your pets healthy and happy, and keep checking this page – our Pets & Animals section will continue to grow.
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No one knows when humans first began falling in love with pets. Archeological evidence of the human-dog bond goes back at least 12,000 years. However, even today, wild animals (especially, birds and baby mammals) are often kept as pets in tribal societies by indigenious peoples. (See Serpell’s excellent book In the Company of Animals for many examples.) The problem is that you can’t tell from their bones if an ancient fossilized animal was loved or lunch.
Careless treatment of animals is unhealthy for both the pet and the child involved. Choosing an Appropriate Pet While all kinds of pets can bring children pleasure, it is important to choose a pet that is right for your family, your home, and your lifestyle; and one that your child can help care for. Since 2004, all EU Member States apply the same rules for travelling with dogs, cats and ferrets. Some Member States, however, impose additional conditions. For travelling to third countries and back, the conditions of the country of destination are applicable together with those for re-entry into Belgium.