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So, has this case caused me to throw in the towel and abandon the theory that humans are the only species to keep pets? I have to admit that the capuchin-marmoset relationship has caused me moments of doubt. I am not, however, ready to give up the idea for a couple of reasons. First, while the capuchins were not confined, the situation was not completely natural as they were given food every day as part of a program designed to promote ecotourism at the research site. Second, it is unclear whether this is pet-keeping or adoption In their article, the researchers called it adoption, but in an e-mail Dorothy agreed with me that there is an obvious parallel between with the relationship that the capuchins had with Fortunata and that I have with my cat Tilly, who I also play with, feed, and converse with in baby-talk.
That’s something that the AVMA has brought up as a counterargument. If your cat was a legal person, and your neighbor thought you weren’t treating your cat wellâ€”you weren’t feeding the cat enough or you weren’t springing for that $5,000 chemotherapyâ€”your neighbor or something like a pet protective services could step in and take that animal way, just like if you mistreated a child.
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