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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