Companion Animals in Everyday Life: Situating Human-Animal by Michal Piotr Pręgowski

By Michal Piotr Pręgowski

This ebook is an interdisciplinary assortment laying off gentle on human-animal relationships and interactions worldwide. The booklet deals a predominantly empirical examine social and cultural practices with regards to spouse animals in Mexico, Poland, the Netherlands, Japan, China and Taiwan, Vietnam, united states, and Turkey between others. It makes a speciality of how canines, cats, rabbits and individuals of different species are perceived and taken care of in quite a few cultures, highlighting commonalities and modifications among them.

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Stepp 1947), thus absolving their owners of most legal responsibility for their behavior (unless the cat is known to be dangerous; Spradlin et al. v. Williams et al. 1999). So, cats are legally our companions only because they are naturally nonthreatening and not because they are trained to be well behaved. Oddly, training one’s pet feline to use, and flush, the human toilet is very popular among American cat owners. Likewise, there is a slew of books, television shows, and local community programs that are all focused on controlling difficult dogs and modifying dog behavior; because dogs are understood as so difficult to train thoroughly, one is generally seen as needing expert advice to accomplish it!

According to Włodarczyk, the rise of canine disc may be seen as proof of holding these values in high esteem in contemporary Poland. At the same time, as other chapters of this book indicate, many cultures attempted and attempt to negotiate their own terms along which human-companion animal relationships play out. Soviet Russia as well as China, Mexico, Vietnam or post-Fukushima Japan are very good examples of such differences. And yet, as the same chapters show, companion animals have an ability to bring up commonalities despite physical and political borders.

Another American noted that her compatriots have positive views of specific animals because they have been portrayed by Disney stories as friendly, helpful, empathetic, brave, and trustworthy, and others are disliked because they have been associated with villains in these same stories. Disney’s portrayals also reveal the American divide over felines—are cats sneaky and mean, or loving and friendly? Lions in The Lion King are both demonized and beloved; the Siamese cats in Lady and the Tramp are snide and self-absorbed, but the Aristocats are deserving of a fortune, and even their alley cats have a sense of justice.

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