Finally, scientists are studying the emotional benefits of pet ownership for children. Although most people would agree that pet ownership is good for kids, there are very few studies that lend evidence to this claim, and some people freak out about allergies, bites, and infection. Growing up in a household with all kinds of pets, I think these people are weird.
One such experiment: Rebecca Johnson, director of the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction at the University of Missouri, has begun a randomized clinical trial of children undergoing forensic interviews for child abuse; some are given a service dog during their interviews, and physiological indicators of stress are measured.
Letter from Marie Thompson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, President of the Animal Protective League to John Beale, Chief Forester at the Wisconsin Conservation Department regarding the use of DDT. The letterhead consists of photographs of a dog and a cat. The left margin lists prominent anti-vivisectionists.