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Do dogs deserve rights? Yes!

posted October 17th, 2013 by
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Over the past couple of years, a group of scientists has spent their time training dogs to lie in an MRI scanner awake and unrestrained in a quest to find out how their brains work and what they think.

After studying a dozen dogs, Gregory Berns decided what most of us dog parents have already figured out: dogs are people, too.
He wrote about his findings for a recent Op-Ed piece in the New York Times and makes an argument for personhood rights for dogs.
Having been a part of dog rescue, I am very passionate about protecting these animals who can’t speak up for themselves and I would hope most people who read Tulsa Pets Magazine feel the same way.
Granting dogs personhood rights would protect them from the exploitations rescue workers and volunteers spend their time lobbying against.
“Puppy mills, laboratory dogs and dog racing would be banned for violating the basic right of self-determination of a person,” Berns writes.
Music to my ears if we could actually make that happen. But I agree with Berns that we are a long way off as a society from granting dogs the basic rights they deserve.
- Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]