Professor: Shelter Animals Are Being Euthanized Because Of ‘Capitalism,’ ‘White Supremacy’

Professor: Shelter Animals Are Being Euthanized Because Of ‘Capitalism,’ ‘White Supremacy’


A professor at the University of California-Riverside wrote a book that argued animals are being put down in shelters because of “capitalism” and “white supremacy.” 

Gender and sexuality studies professor Katja M. Guenther writes in her book “The Lives and Deaths of Shelter Animals” that shelter animals are subject to euthanization thanks to American systems of “capitalism, anthroparchy, white supremacy, and patriarchy.” The book also argues that allowing dogs to sleep inside is a privilege reserved for “white and wealthy” people. 

According to a book review in Aero Magazine, the author argues that any policy that discourages people from keeping dogs chained up in backyards is intended to oppress people of color. These policies impose “middle-class norms of animal keeping in which companion animals are considered family and treated accordingly.” Such policies allegedly ignore the fact that people of color “are themselves trapped in poverty, may have few options for legitimate income generation and possibly rely on their dogs

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