Originally Posted by Zoe74
Ok, but what about the other millions of animals who are put to death because of the existence of a pet industry that having a pet perpetuates, whether rescue or not?
If you get your clothes from picking through other people's trash bins and/or buy used clothing at Goodwill, does that perpetuate the clothing manufacturing industry? How, exactly?
Or the animals killed to feed your pet? Don't they have a right to life?
So do the deer, rabbits, mice, etc. whoare killed by predators everywhere. That's the logical next step - eradicate the predators.
Wouldn't the least amount of harm and suffering would be achieved by euthanizing all of the homeless animals, instead of killing most of them and keeping selected ones as pets which encourages more people to breed more animals?
It amazes me how eager abolishonists are to kill animals. If you not only want to make certain species extinct but also actually care about the individuals are currently living, one would think you would propose neutering and spaying all of the currently living members of the species, rather than just slaughtering them.
[QUOTEI guess I just don't understand the "we have to take care of the ones who are here argument", by abolitionists, especially those who think keeping pets is akin to slavery. [/QUOTE]
And I don't understand the "let's kill all of them" attitude of anyone who professes to be for AR. But then, I'm only an abolishonist if the human species can't be brought to a point of interacting with the other species who live on this planet in a respectful way. I don't quite see why it would be possible to get humans, as a species, to the point of saying, "OMGZ, we've been treating animals horribly. Let's make them extinct so that we stop treating them badly", and yet not get them to the point of saying, "OGZ, we've been treating animals horribly. Let's not inflict suffering on them any more."
Besides, most people who adopt rescue animals do so because they want a pet. Rarely is the primary reason because they want to save a life.They want to satisfy their selfish human desires in the least harmful way. They are also the ones preaching to others about how wrong it is to keep and breed pets.it just seems very inconsistent to me.
Yeah, right. I just took in all of the abandoned animals who've come to my door because I wanted a pet. And for those that do, what's wrong with that? The human wants a companion, the dog/cat wants a companion, and a homeless animal gets food, shelter, medical care, companionship. What, exactly, is wrong with that?
If you really think that humans and other animals can't live in harmony, and that the only viable solution is species extinction, then why pick the nonhuman species for extinction when the problem could just as readily be solved by the extinction of just one species - the human one? Must be selfish human desires. It's the ultimate in human hubris.