Thursday, May 24, 2012

Why do people Dress their animals?

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Have you ever wondered why people put little shirts on their dogs? It's because people enjoy giving human like characteristics to non human being things. This is called anthropomorphism, which means the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to a god, animal, or object. According to Healthland, this is what some colleagues had to say:
 “… from pets that can seem considerate and caring, to gods that have goals and plans for one’s life, to computers than can seem to have minds of their own. People show an impressive capacity to create humanlike agents—a kind of inferential reproduction—out of those that are clearly nonhuman… People ask invisible gods for forgiveness, talk to their plants, kiss dice to persuade a profitable roll, name their cars, curse at unresponsive computers, outfit their dogs with unnecessary sweaters, and consider financial markets to be “anxious” at one moment and “delirious” the next.”

I was really surprised to find how people create human like agents. Since I found the root of why this happens, I decided to find out just how far things really go.

Dressing up your pet is definitely cute, but not for the price paid! The RSPCA is threatening legal action for those who dress their pets. If anything is harming the animal’s welfare, prosecution is possible. This includes things such as boots, trousers, and hoodies. It’s good to groom your dog, but don’t overdo things. Remember this when dressing your animal. 

1 comment:

  1. This is a really good post. I knew people liked to dress their animals up, but I never knew there was so much detail about it!