Research reveals dogs' capacity for emotion, raises questions about 'property' status


Using MRI technology, scientists at Emory University set out to determine whether dogs have the same capacity to experience emotions as people.The findings are fascinating in and of themselves but researcher Greogory Burns, writing in the New York Times today, goes a step further. He asks, should this not mean that we reconsider a dog's status as "property?"

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But now, by using the M.R.I. to push away the limitations of behaviorism, we can no longer hide from the evidence. Dogs, and probably many other animals (especially our closest primate relatives), seem to have emotions just like us. And this means we must reconsider their treatment as property.

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