How Our Worship of Animals De-Humanizes Us

Pets on planes. The stories have become their own sub-genre in journalism.

Consider the 2014 story of US Air flight 598, in route from Los Angeles to Philadelphia, but which had to be diverted to Kansas City because a dog had diarrhea. Passenger Steve McCall said, “About an hour into the flight, I started smelling this terrible smell. I look up the aisle way and there’s a dog pooping right in the middle of the aisle. A couple of people started dry-heaving, a couple of people were throwing up.”…