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Is owning a pet bad for the animal?

  • Yes.

    Votes: 1 5.6%
  • No.

    Votes: 10 55.6%
  • It depends on the owner.

    Votes: 7 38.9%

  • Total voters
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Ivan Koretskyy

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Owning a few companions are a nice thing to have, especially to receive a lot of love from them. However, there are some things that don’t sit well with me when it comes to owning pets. Here’s a list I compiled.

- Neutering an animal (males specifically) removes its masculinity.
- Tying a rope around its neck (a collar) to keep them near you removes its freedom to explore
- We generally buy animals for our intrinsic reasons. So typically we would to spend time with our companion 10-40% of the time, while the rest is left with them in isolation in our homes due work/business.
- Animals only loves us because we are their providers. We feed them and take care of them. Removing that will definitely not go well.
- We have full control of these animals. If they do not obey, we punish them, control them, and reprimand them.
- Removing them from the wilderness and into the comfort of our homes takes their freedom away.
- If we let an animal to their own devices, would they really choose to stay with you?

While I’m not some hardcore believer of owning an animal, knowing some of these things does make me uncomfortable if I ever choose to own a pet. I do believe people who own pets to acquire the feeling of companionship for their own self worth (Narcissism anyone?).

What do you believe about pet ownership? Do humans deserve it? Is owning a pet for selfish reasons cruel? Let me know what your thoughts are.
 
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I believe that men have rightful dominion over the animal kingdom. They are for us to use as we see fit. They have no right to exercise volition (as far as you believe animals even possess such a thing) other than what we grant them. So to answer, your question, no, I don't think owning a pet is wrong.

In regards to the concept of animal abuse, I consider animal abuse 1) An irresponsible use of animal resources and 2) actions indicative of a desire to hurt/kill humans, that is targeted at the thing "most similar" to humans. I wouldn't consider pet ownership falling into either of those categories
 

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Surely not.

Most of the cruelty are happening in the animal for food business.
 

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Don’t know about you, but I haven’t met a single person with a dog that was taken “from the wilderness.” I do know some who have pet raccoons though so that’s funny
 
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Don’t know about you, but I haven’t met a single person with a dog that was taken “from the wilderness.” I do know some who have pet raccoons though so that’s funny

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I mean - we do have many dogs breeds, that are so modified, that the dogs developed many illnesses. Breeds crossing over the years made some of them have teeth problems etc. Personally, I plan to purchase a teacup dog and a friend told me that there are safer breeds
 

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I mean - we do have many dogs breeds, that are so modified, that the dogs developed many illnesses. Breeds crossing over the years made some of them have teeth problems etc. Personally, I plan to purchase a teacup dog and a friend told me that there are safer breeds
If they’re already alive and need care, adopting them as a pet is the best you can do for them
 
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missinfinity98

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If they’re already alive and need care, adopting them as a pet is the best you can do for them
Adopting is great, yet this type of dog today go usually as "luxury", high-priced dogs. I adore smaller dogs, but creating market demand doesn't help in reducing the reproduction of these breeds (my internal conflict in full glory haha)
 

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If you really want to start saving animals, you should stop eating them and stop worrying about them being cared for as pets. But I'm guessing with a post like this you are already vegan so I'm preaching to the choir.

Anyhow, threads like these aren't good for the forum as they are on par with religion and politics.
 
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