On this week’s episode, we address a big question—do you treat your pet like a human? And if so, are you doing more harm than good? Lura Forcum has done significant research in this area and joins the podcast to help us determine the unintended consequences of pet parents doting on their fur babies. We review the financial strain and debt many Americans incur, the marketing industry that’s making bank, the healthcare decisions that cause pain instead of alleviate suffering, and the numerous ways thinking your pet is just like you does more harm than good.


Lura Forcum is Director of Marketing Communications at State Policy Network. She is responsible for designing, planning, and implementing marketing and content strategies to communicate with SPN’s various audiences. A consumer psychologist and former marketing professor at Clemson University, her research examines why we treat non-humans like people but sometimes struggle to treat other people with humanity. She has also consulted with nonprofits and think tanks to increase their marketing effectiveness using insights from social psychology.

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