‘It’s Just a Dog. Get Over It.’

The Wall Street Journal:

Last week, the singer Fiona Apple told her fans that she would be canceling the South American leg of her concert tour in order to be with her dying dog. Ms. Apple’s announcement, made in a four-page handwritten letter to fans, has elicited some pushback and—let’s face it—some downright snarky commentary, as in: It’s just a dog, Fiona. Get. Over. It.

What’s surprising, though, is that close to 80,000 people have “liked” Ms. Apple’s Facebook FB +0.33% posting of her letter, and the vast majority of fans have supported her decision. Such expressions of support are unusual. People with strong bonds to animals often feel that the larger society in which they live assigns relatively little moral value to pets and other animals. The death of a pet is often dismissed as unimportant. And unlike Ms. Apple, most of us generally are not able to miss work because our animal is ill or dying.

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