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I strongly believe that the way a person treats animals reflects their character and says a lot about their morals and intelligence.
What do you think?
Why is it more amusing to watch a dog chasing a hare than to watch one dog chasing another? In each case the essential activity is running — if running is what amuses you. But if it’s really the thought of being in at the death and seeing an animal torn to pieces before your eyes, wouldn’t pity be a more appropriate reaction to the sight of a weak timid, harmless little creature like a hare being devoured by something so much stronger and fiercer?
–Thomas More, Utopia, 1516
Before you contemplate getting a new pet, you should examine your options. It is more advantageous for both you, and the pet if you adopt from a shelter instead of a pet store such as Petland.
The number one reason you should adopt from an animal shelter instead of a pet store is because you will be saving an animal’s life. There are millions of animals placed in shelters every year throughout the nation. With so many animals in need of a home, why wouldn’t you purchase one from a shelter? Whenever you buy from a pet store or breeder, you are supporting the overbreeding of animals, euthanization of shelter animals, and puppy mills. Some breeders won’t tell you this, but the pet they sell to you is a product of a puppymill. Some pet stores even get their supply of dogs from puppy mills. Puppy mills breed dogs over and over until they cant have any more puppies, and they do this all for money. They have no respect for the humane condition of the dogs. By buying a pet from them, you are supporting and paying the puppy mills for their animal cruelty. Read more about puppy mills to get all the facts.
When you adopt a pet from a shelter, you not only save their life but you make it a lot better for them. In a shelter it may not be given all the attention and affection it needs because there are so many other animals. Shelter workers cant give each animal more individual attention than the others. Also you can furnish them with a steady food source, pet bed, and toys. This will be a privilege for any animal that needs a home.
When you adopt from a shelter, you will have a wide assortment of breeds of animals to choose from. Many people favor a purebred dog and would think that they only have mixes at shelters. Surprisingly they do have purebred dogs along with mixes. Although, sometimes it will take a little more time and searching effort to find the purebred you are looking for, it is worth the time if you are saving a dog’s life by adopting it. Unquestionably, saving a life should be of higher value than getting a purebred dog anyways.
Not only do they have a variety of breeds, but they also have animals of all ages from tiny kittens and puppies to older cats and dogs. They have calm pets and energetic pets. Shelters don’t just hold cats and dogs, but also guinea pigs, birds, rabbits, farm animals, etc. As a matter of fact, there are loads of shelters across the country, and they all have animals of different characteristics waiting to find a home.
The cost of buying from an animal shelter is much less expensive than buying from a pet store. “The cost to adopt from a shelter is typically between $75 and $150.” Compare that to an average cost of $1200 at a typical pet store. You will also be saving money by adopting from a shelter because the pets are taken care of medically. Shelters keep their animals healthy. “Most shelters examine and give vaccinations to animals when they arrive, and many spay or neuter them before being adopted. In addition to medical care, more and more shelters also screen animals for specific temperaments and behaviors to make sure each family finds the right pet for its lifestyle.” When adopting animals, their health shouldn’t be one of your worries because shelters usually have already taken care of their health needs. That also means fewer trips to the vet for you!
Another concern of people when they adopt a pet (especially a dog) is whether or not it is housebroken. With busy schedules and families, not everyone possesses the time or patience to train their dog. Often shelters will have a dog housebroken by the time it is adopted. Or, if you buy an older dog they are most likely already trained and housebroken.
Many believe that animals are put in shelters because their prior owners didn’t want them because of behavior problems or other unfavorable aspects. This is untrue and can be explained. Normally, pets in shelters are victims of an owner’s death, illness, divorce, new baby or a relocation where they don’t allow pets. Or their owner didn’t know how to train them correctly. It is almost always one of those reasons that an animal is placed in a shelter, not because of something they did wrong. If you want verification that the animal is the right one for you, you can always question the shelter if they know the history of the animal. Shelters will be happy to provide it to you.
Conclusively, to choose to adopt from an animal shelter instead of a pet store proves to be the most ethical and humane option for everyone. Now it is up to you to make the right decision and adopt.
In a story in The New York Times, Can We See Our Hypocrisy to Animals?, Nicholas D. Kristof questions if future generations will look back on the way we treat animals and be bewildered that people were so oblivious to what was going on or were ok with it.
He is right that animal rights have definitely progressed over time, but a major problem is that people disagree on the extent of rights animals should be given, even though it is clear that animal rights need to be improved.
I liked when he said, “Who could have imagined that Burger King would now be buying cage-free eggs out of concern for hens? Or, more accurately, out of concern for tens of millions of customers who empathize with hens?” This shows that even though some companies are reforming their standards of food production, they’re not quite doing it for the right reason.
Perhaps society needs to step back and realize that they’ve been falsely claiming to have morals or beliefs that they don’t actually practice.
Although many people are strongly against the suffering of animals in factory farms, amusement parks, etc., the animal rights issues are moving forward erratically.