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I think about something similar when I see all the urban dwellers who keep large dogs that were bred to herd sheep in apartments or other confined spaces. They seem to imagine that we are still living a rural, agrarian lifestyle where those would be appropriate pets, without noticing that their animals are being made neurotic by their confinement and stultifyingly boring circumstances.

Posted by flamingbanjo | October 16, 2008 10:55 AM

To be totally unstuck from Victorian times is to change precisely what it is that makes us what we are now.


Posted by Bustler | October 16, 2008 11:08 AM

The UK won't let citizens keep primates as pets, but they will create an enormous Gov. database to capture every email sent, phone call made, and website visited by UK citizens, for governmental use, of course.

Seems a little bit contradictory to me.

Posted by treacle | October 16, 2008 11:15 AM

zoos are also leftover from a victorian mindset & should be ended. go watch the wolves pacing at woodland park if you don't agree.

Posted by max solomon | October 16, 2008 11:43 AM

...So your argument is basically that keeping primates as pets is the linchpin of our modern civilized way of life? I'm sure you'll go far with that one.

Posted by Electra | October 16, 2008 11:47 AM

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