Is It Ethical to Keep Pets?

Your answer depends on how important you think your own comfort is.

A person walking two dogs in raincoats
Photo by Yaroslov Shuraev via Pexels

The primary product of pets these days is comfort. From another point of view, the primary labor they perform is service. And I’m not going to argue that that has no value, or that pets don’t benefit from their relationships with pet owners. I am going to point out that there is an impact on the animals we keep as pets, an impact on our…



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Matthew Thiele

Teacher. Satirist. Scholar. Published in Slackjaw, Points in Case, McSweeney’s, Ben Jonson Journal, and elsewhere. Definitely not a robot. Or an alien.