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Slaves of Our Affection. The Myth of the Happy Pet

Book synopsis
So you think that having pets is beneficial to both people and animals? And that pets enjoy an easy life? Think again! Longtime former veterinarian Charles Danten asks us to set aside preconceived ideas to take an honest look at what underlies our love of the animals we hold dearest.

This provocative exposé puts our most revered interactions with animals under the microscope. Meticulously documented, it raises poignant questions about the nature of our relationships with animals, and reveals little-known aspects of the industry behind it all. Pet food manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, veterinarians, shelters, humane societies, animal activists, factory farms, and even pet owners are at the core of a subtle exploitation that operates under the guise of love and compassion.


About the author
A graduate of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Charles Danten practiced veterinary medicine for eighteen years, ten of which were spent in his own veterinary clinic near Montreal, Quebec. At different times during his career, Dr. Danten cared for companion, farm, and zoo animals. A growing awareness of the undesirable aspects of human-animal relationships led him to sell his clinic and leave the profession altogether.

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Comment by Carolyn Bailey on June 1, 2014 at 8:22

Thanks, Charles! 

I think this is an issue that we really should be speaking about a lot more, and really look forward to checking out your website - it looks great! 

Thanks again!  


Comment by Charles Danten on May 31, 2014 at 19:47

Hi Carolyn,

Lee Hall has the right idea. Her essay is right on.

You can read excerpts of my book on my bilingual blog:

I will write to Lee to tell her about this.

Thanks for your help.


Comment by Carolyn Bailey on May 31, 2014 at 18:52

This book looks very interesting, do you have any further information about it? You may also be interested in this short essay written by Lee Hall, on the same issue:


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