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Old 01-16-2011, 03:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Pet Ownership - Is it Really a Good thing?

Anyone here ever think that pet ownership is actually a disrespectful thing to do to animals? Imagine if you were locked in a cage, and looked up and saw giants of a completely different species looking at you and giving you this "affection", whether you'd want it or not.

Perhaps animals in general belong in the wild. I have nothing against eating meat (even certain animals eat other animals), or perhaps using animals for transportation when it'd seem absolutely proper to, but holding down an animal for "mental support" for whatever actually seems like a sick thing to me. You know that animal would possibly eat you if it could?

In the animal kindgom, you don't see animals forcing other animals down for "affection-based" purposes, or whatever. Just imagine if YOU were cut away from your natural habitat for the sake of being some other species' "toy", or "sweetie" or whatever.

I'm open to debate, and perhaps this'll help make this forum more active.

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Old 01-25-2011, 07:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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All I might add is that humans need to distinguish pet owner ship between wild breeds, and domesticated breeds. We have two buddies (dogs) who travel with us. They are our loving, loyal companions, and also a first line of security at home, and while on the road. Would they turn, and devour my wife or myself? Perhaps, but it would have to be under a really bizarre, unheard of state of circumstances. If a stranger threatened a known family member would they go DNA searching? Sure they would, and have actually already let a bad guy, prowler know that he was in the wrong back yard. Now, would I completely be at ease, and expect the same from a coyote, or a wolf I might have raised from a pup? No. Would I want to pet the neighborhood kid's pet 6' Python? Absolutely not!

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Anyone here ever think that pet ownership is actually a disrespectful thing to do to animals? Imagine if you were locked in a cage, and looked up and saw giants of a completely different species looking at you and giving you this "affection", whether you'd want it or not.

Perhaps animals in general belong in the wild. I have nothing against eating meat (even certain animals eat other animals), or perhaps using animals for transportation when it'd seem absolutely proper to, but holding down an animal for "mental support" for whatever actually seems like a sick thing to me. You know that animal would possibly eat you if it could?

In the animal kindgom, you don't see animals forcing other animals down for "affection-based" purposes, or whatever. Just imagine if YOU were cut away from your natural habitat for the sake of being some other species' "toy", or "sweetie" or whatever.

I'm open to debate, and perhaps this'll help make this forum more active.
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Old 01-25-2011, 12:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I dont think their is anything wrong with having pets and i think is a very good thing to own pets i have three dogs and a few cats i am a hunter and avid fisherman who doesnt jump on the enviromentalist bandwagon but hey thats just my opinion
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Old 01-26-2011, 12:36 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 02-05-2011, 09:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I think pet ownership can be a good thing. Personally, I have 2 labs that are extremly well taken care of. I have 5 acres with a stock pond and a creek that runs through the property. They roam the land or sleep in the garage during the day, and at night they come in the house. In my opionion both have great lives. I have seen brothers and sisters of my dogs tied to a chain all day by there owners and I wished i could have taken them home and away from that. So I think depending on the situation pet ownership can deffently be a great thing.
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Old 03-22-2011, 02:36 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'll try putting this another way; imagine being abducted by a giant alien, and caged. Though you're fed, each day you might see it looking at you going "awww" with "affection", whether you want this "affection" or not. Rather than being free and around your own kind, your life is "meant" now for providing "mental support" to a living thing not even of your own species.
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Old 04-16-2011, 05:45 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Mmm, I think your argument is too simplistic and/or doesn't go into enough detail about the different animals that are kept as pets.

If you are talking about wild animals that are caught then spend the rest of their lives caged for the amusement I'd agree with you.

If the animals are an endangered species and are caught as part of a breeding programme, with the offspring released back into the wild, I'm inclined to think that is a good thing for the species albeit not so good for the animal thats caged.

If you're talking about a domesticated animal, e.g. our Border Collie, I think your thoughts are misguided. If we took our dog into the woods and released her she'd probably starve to death, and if she didn't her life expectancy would not be great. If everyone released their domestic dogs into the woods it would be mayhem, and would also unbalance the ecosystem. The local sheep farmers wouldn't be impressed either.

Our dog receives a huge amount of love and care, and the greeting I get when I return from work suggests she's happy with the arrangement.
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Old 06-05-2011, 01:15 AM   #8 (permalink)
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The local sheep farmers wouldn't be impressed either.
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Old 06-14-2011, 05:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I think domesticated pets are ok, they are use to us. The definition of a domesticated animal is they've lost their fear of humans and can have a varied diet. Keeping wild animals may be circumstantial like how educated is the person in the husbandry of that particular species. But regarding domesticated animals, I think again if the owner knows how to care for the pet properly, it's a very good thing since pet owners are proven to be less stressed and the companionship is always great too.
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I think it depends on the way you treat your pet.

I treat my pet like my friend.
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