Zoothérapie - Le mythe de l'animal-roi - The Myth of the Happy Pet

Zoothérapie - Le mythe de l'animal-roi - The Myth of the Happy Pet

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A toilet for dogs

The pet-therapy fallacy

How do animals really think? What's wrong with no-kill shelters, adoption, animal rights, anti-specism, and animal healthcare?

Killing them softly with our love. Why sometimes it really is cruel to be kind

PETA on the hunt for donations with sensationalism

The hidden face of animal cruelty

Bestiality: Should you wear a condom to have sex with your dog?


Book review of Slaves of Our Affection. The Myth of the Happy Pet

Customer reviews on Amazon

Book Excerpts on Viva la vegan's website: 

Zootherapy debunked

The psychological conditions of captivity

Down and out in New York City-Veterinarians

Interview with Charles Danten

A veterinarian takes a critical look at our obsession with pets 

Nouveaux articles 

L'industrie de la compassion

Le mythe du nègre-roi

Doit-on mettre un préservatif pour faire l'amour à son chien ?

Un usage des animaux pondéré par la science et le gros bon sens

Cinq mythes sur les animaux

Pet therapy in a nutshell


Articles published in French and English media

Clin d'œil à Éric Zemmour

Brigitte Bardot et compagnie ne sont pas crédibles. L'arroseur arrosé

People who love animals should not own pets

Pet therapy doesn't work

Critique de la zoothérapie

Le point sur la recherche en zoothérapie

Derrière le drame du berger blanc

L'anthropomorphisme et ses dérives

Pourquoi les animaux s'attachent-ils à nous?

Les enfants sauvages et la légende du centième singe

La vaccination des animaux de compagnie pour des raisons non scientifiques

Le mythe de l'animal-roi

Remise en question de la zoothérapie


A new look at pet-facilitated therapy

The 1984 landmark article that the pet industry doesn't want you to read. Thirty years later, the findings of American scientists Alan M. Beck and Aaron Honori Katcher are more than ever factual. The situation has not changed one bit. Zootherapy is no longer defensible by science. Animals have no therapeutic value. They are in their own special way as bad for you as cigarettes and alcohol.

L'article phare de 1984 que l'industrie des animaux de compagnie ne veut pas que vous lisiez. Trente ans plus tard, les conclusions des scientifiques américains, Alan M. Beck et Aaron Honori Katcher sont plus que jamais d'actualité. La situation n'a pas changé d'un iota. La zoothérapie n'est pas défendable par la science. Les animaux n'ont aucune valeur thérapeutique. Ils sont même dans un certain sens aussi mauvais pour vous que la cigarette et l'alcool.


The Impact of Pets on Human Health and Psychological Well-Being: Fact, Fiction, or Hypothesis?

"Because of extensive media coverage, it is now widely believed that pets enhance their owners’ health, sense of psychological well-being, and longevity. But while some researchers have reported that positive effects accrue from interacting with animals, others have found that the health and happiness of pet owners is no better, and in some cases worse, than that of non–pet owners. I discuss some reasons why studies of the effects of pets on people have produced conflicting results, and I argue that the existence of a generalized “pet effect” on human mental and physical health is at present not a fact but an unsubstantiated hypothesis."

Harold Herzog (2011).  Abstract. Current Directions in Psychological Science 20(4) 236–239 © The Author(s) 2011 Reprints and permission:

sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav DOI: 10.1177/0963721411415220 http://cdps.sagepub.com