Friday, March 26, 2004

the pet-child gap closes still further

According to my calculations, dogs and cats are projected surpass the civil rights accorded to children in the United States sometimes in 2013 (ferrets not projected to follow until 2032). Here's another story on the shrinking divide as to the small living things that society gives the highest priority to protecting.

Update, 10:30: For a couple years when I was in graduate school, I kept a tally of the number of messages sent out over the department's graduate student listserv where a student was announcing something on behalf of some cause regarding small animals versus announcements for some cause regarding children. The score ended up being something like Animals 13, Kids 4.

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