Madeline White (3283)

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From Being to Thing: The Commodification and Mistreatment of Pets in America

Hometown:  Locust Grove, Virginia

Department:  Anthropology

Advisor:  Brad Weiss

Project Description:

Animals are often valued as more akin to “resources” or “property” than living beings whose lives have inherent value. This commodification is a probable root cause of the prolific abuse, abandonment, and in-shelter euthanasia of pets in America. My thesis is an investigation into both commodification and the treatment of pets, aimed at understanding the relationship between the two.:

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Thank You So Much

To my amazing supporters,

Wow! I am so thankful to everyone who contributed to my Honors Fellowship campaign! You all are so wonderful, and I could absolutely not do this research without you. Thanks to your help, I am going to be able to complete my full travel protocol, visiting multiple animal rescues across the country in addition to my localized ethnography. This would not have been possible without the contributions of each and every one of you, and I am so very grateful.

If you're interested in following my project further, I will be running a blog at the address over the course of the summer to update my supporters on my research process.

Thank you again!



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