[UCP Books]: Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of Keeping Pets

“A thoughtful book that should spark debate, with the author stressing that bringing a companion animal into one's life is an ethical commitment that should not to be taken lightly.” Kirkus Reviews

Run, Spot, Run

The Ethics of Keeping Pets
Jessica Pierce


Publication date: May 10, 2016 978-0-226-20989-0
International publication date: May 23, 2016 $26.00/£18.00


“A timely examination of pet keeping today that challenges our rationalizations and justifications for keeping nonhuman animals of all persuasions for our amusement under conditions that, even at their best, are inadequate and at their worst inhumane. A pet keeper, herself, Pierce makes clear that some animals should not be kept at all while we should re-evaluate and reform our approaches to keeping others, like cats and dogs, who have long lived with us. Anyone thinking of getting an animal of any sort for any reason should first read this book.”

Mark Derr, author of Dog’s Best Friend


“Even those of us with the best intentions for the dogs, cats, rabbits, and goldfish in our care will discover new, profoundly important ethical questions to ponder in Jessica Pierce’s book.  With gentle humor, clear compelling language, and always in search of the physically and emotionally healthiest lives possible for our animal companions, Run, Spot, Run moved me all the more because it’s written from the inside looking out. Pierce herself lives with three pets and understands the deep urge so many of us feel to connect across species lines.”

Barbara King, author of How Animals Grieve


Jessica Pierce is a bioethicist, the author of The Last Walk, and coauthor of Wild Justice. She is available for interviews.

For more information contact Levi Stahl: lstahl@press.uchicago.edu / (773) 702-0289


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