- 3 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
I didn’t want to hijack the other thread, but this is something I wonder a lot when I hear people say “Don’t BUY an animal, adopt from a shelter instead”. I will never understand why people think it is okay to punish an animal for the mistake of a human. Without getting in to the debate of “is there or isn’t there a such thing as a responsible breeder” I want to focus soley on the idea of why one animal deserves a home over another.
I will never ever agree with the idea that a shelter animal deserves a home more than a non-shelter animal, because to me, they are both animals at the mercy of a human with no control over their creation, situation, or future. True, you can make the arguement that buying an animal only further creates more problems, but tell me, where did that animal sign up to be a martyer? Why do those animals have to suffer to “teach humans a lesson”?
Also, saying “well someone else will buy it, you can rescue one from a shelter” doesn’t make sense either, because if everyone assumed this, then again, those “for sell” animals wouldn’t end up in a home (and might suffer a less humane fate than those in a shelter, given their situation).
I know I’ll get a lot of insults for thinking this way, but I just will never understand this notion of “punish the animal to punish the human”. ALL animals are born innocent, and ALL of them deserve to end up in a loving home, regardless of how they are aquired in to said home.
To me, an animal is an animal, and it breaks my heart to hear humans say that one deserves a home but the other does not.
Now, I do want to say I understand the reasoning for WHY people think like this “If you don’t buy an animal, the people will stop breeding them, and the problem will be solved” but until someone offers a solution where the animal doesn’t have to pay the price for the mistakes of the humans, I just can’t back this idea. Yes, buyinh keeps the cycle going, and that can be very sad, but it is also very sad to not give an animal a home just to try and teach a human a lesson.
This is really a no-win situation, because in the end, the animals are the ones who suffer.
But in the end, if you give an animal a good home you should NEVER be insulted or made to feel guilty for how you aquired the animal. You should be PRAISED for giving that animal the good home it deserved.
I am cuddling with my pure-bred moggy cat right now! (And for people who don’t know, moggy is an affection term for a “mutt” cat…. which 97% of all cats are!)