Have You Ever Thought About This? The Ethics of Pet Ownership | Cornell University

by birtanpublished on September 29, 2020

Let's look at pets so so the vegan philosophy towards pets is adopt don't shop switch primarily means don't buy animals and breeders if we if we buy an animal from a breeder we're come out of find them we put a price tag on them but also breeders do it's not it's a

Commodification in itself okay so breeders we consider to be unethical because they exist purely to raise animals to sell them for money and so we say a dolt because in every reason we don't want

People to buy is because we have tens of thousands hundreds of thousands probably millions of animals and shelters all around the world who need a home and women buy animals from breeders were almost sentence in these animals to be

Euthanized and what we have is somewhat of an irresponsible society and part of the problem I often plan is that I will often say that we are a society of dog lovers and cat lovers and I don't know if that's really true because I don't

Know how society of Dalton cat lovers could have so many animals and shelters and more importantly how many people buy these animals from breeders after a few months for less they can't look after them and then give them away no and

There may well be put down and that that that's me seems contradictory to the notion of being dog lovers everyone classifies themself as a dog lover anyway that is more of a personal pet peeve than anything else right so we

Have all these animals in shelters there'd be new flies and so if we buy from breeders we're not rescuing animal very healthy a very havior aleve Airy adequate animal humanist needs a home to go to because of the inadequacies of the

Raising of the owners beforehand so then itself it means that we should be adopting but if we're not breeding animals into existence anymore it becomes somewhat of a difficult problem because obviously we're gonna

Drastically reduce the number of animals that are number of Panama's that are raised into existence and if the word pet becomes quite interesting and we say owner don't use the word only just then the dog's owner

Well that notion of an owner is somewhat interesting in itself one thing I didn't touch upon the top but sometimes I do is the notion of language and so when i say about re-evaluating our relationship with animals and their purpose on this

Planet we have to look at how we refer to them in a language that we use i wanna think that most of us say and i used to say and sometimes i still do i catch myself out is we call animals it look at it isn't it nice it

What's an it and it isn't an animal object you look at your phone you go are that it is my phone it has no sentience no consciousness but an animal is is someone there being there they're conscious what defines us is as

Someone the consciousness and sentience the Father we're individuals well these animals are therefore by definition someone's as well the notion of an it denigrates them to property status which is what society seeks to do it seeks to

Devalue the lives of non-human animals to we refer to them as property then the AI is a law of the property in the eyes of our vocabulary their property as well and so the word pet and the word owner also plays into this because it suggests

Dominion exploitation assertiveness of forit Arianism and so we look at dogs and this was quite traumatizing someone said to me this once because we're taught my dogs I said our dogs are wonderful they just unconditionally love

And I said well that's interesting but have you considered this way everything a dog does in their day is dictated by what you want them to do they drive to the toilet when you take them out they're fed when you feed them their

Water when you feed them they go for walks me feed them they go to bed when you want them to go to bed and so they're relying for everything they're aligning for all of the necessities in their life then you've got a Stockholm

Syndrome where you become reliant on your captor because everything you need to sustain your life is dependent on what they do and what they say and so we refer to that it's unconditional love but actually protection should

Potentially that unconditional love is just a form of dependency that they need to be loved by you so that you give them what they need to sustain their life and now huh as horrible as know a horrible feeling that is I don't know if that's

Necessarily true I do believe that dogs can unconditionally love for more reasons and the fact that we dictate their entire schedule but the same time it draws upon ideas of exploitation and Dominion and so let's late it back to

What we were saying before about like breeding if we stop breeding animals there's no more shelters well that we only dot from shelters eventually there's no animals in shelters which means that theoretically we have no more

Pets she seems quite sad really doesn't know because who doesn't want a dog and a cat and all these animals in their homes I mean we love these animals in their homes they are literally family members to us and so it seems somewhat

Of an uncomfortable feeling to suggest that maybe one day this is the world that we live in so we can look at selfishly and so it's not gonna happen in our lifetime so we'd have to worry too much but that's a bit a selfish way

Of looking at it and so well is that the morally righteous thing to do I don't know I don't see another solution if I'm against this thing that's the consequence of what I'm against and so

To try and deny that this is the reality of what's going to happen would mean that I'm somehow fulfilling in a form of commodification that I'm against so may seem uncomfortable but isn't that the way that we live in our lives right

We gave up animal products or I did because I didn't want to perpetuate this system but it was uncomfortable for me I mean I didn't want to change my habits or my routines I didn't want to stop eating bacon her and halloumi I didn't

Want to do these things but I did it because I understood that there was a more important thing at play but actually my life is not there just for me to Hedy mystically and ago at clay just do what I want to do and then

Actually my life has responsibility and accountability this should be held upon it and so actually maybe this is an extension of the idea that sometimes in life doing what's right isn't always doing what we want to do maybe that's

The situation so maybe in the future there will be no pets but then what about all these species of mammals and this is where I start playing devil's advocate myself because I say well Labradors and Alsatians and chihuahuas

And Pomeranians and poodles they're not just out there in the wild and so Rama sentence in these animals to extinction which doesn't seem right itself does it because we domesticate these animals to the point and then we basically control

If they're around in the future something I grapple with the notion of veganism seems somewhat kind of like a progressive stance and a progressive step in the sense of there's always going these little things that we have

To address going forward and so I'm sure we could find some situation where we do have these animals in existence but they exist somewhat more harmoniously than they do now I don't know it's an interesting conundrum

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