8. Say NO to pets

Disclaimer: This article does not apply to those who keep pets for health, mobility and handicap reasons. These are good examples of how pets can benefit humans in times of need. My essay below focuses on the majority who keep pets (cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, fish, etc) for 1 purpose – entertainment.

We must acknowledge that pets are living beings with thoughts, feelings, the capacity for pain, and the ability to experience pleasure. An essential aspect of living beings, particularly those that possess mobility, is the concept of freedom. When we restrict this inherent right, it amounts to an act of abuse. Animals value their freedom; they yearn to explore and savor the world surrounding them. They have an innate desire to engage their instincts in the manner nature intended. However, if we confine them and compel them to act contrary to their will or their innate inclinations, it constitutes a form of cruelty.

Imagine a poor and a beautiful bird locked away in a little cage, with a small tub of water and some seeds – for their whole life! Cruel. A bird’s tendency is to fly the endless sky, discover its food amongst natural vegetation, and spend time with their friends on trees, singing away.

Same with a fish.

Same with a cat or dog too. They want to be left alone to wander.

If they come to you for protection and food, then give it. But don’t lock them away.

If you live on a farm, the animals have more freedom and I suppose that’s OK. But if you are in urban locations, then we have an issue.

Having pets in urban locations can have both positive and negative aspects, and whether it is “not good” to have pets in such settings depends on various factors, including the well-being of the pets, the owner’s lifestyle, and the specific circumstances of the urban environment. Here are some potential reasons why having pets in urban locations might be considered challenging or less ideal:

  1. Space Constraints: Urban living often means limited living space, which can be challenging for certain types of pets, such as large dogs that require room to run and play. Lack of space can lead to boredom and behavioral issues in pets.
  2. Exercise and Enrichment: Urban environments might have limited access to green spaces, parks, or safe areas for pets to exercise and explore. Dogs, in particular, need regular exercise and mental stimulation to stay healthy and happy.
  3. Noise and Stimulation: Urban areas tend to be more crowded and noisy, which can be stressful for some pets, especially those that are more sensitive or anxious. Loud noises, traffic, and other urban stimuli can negatively impact their well-being.
  4. Socialization: Urban pets may have less exposure to other animals and a variety of social interactions compared to pets in more suburban or rural settings. This can impact their social development and behavior.
  5. Lack of Safety: Urban environments often pose more risks to pets, such as exposure to traffic, pollution, and potential interactions with aggressive or unfamiliar animals.
  6. Limited Access to Nature: Many pets benefit from spending time in natural environments, which might be limited in urban settings. Lack of exposure to nature can impact their overall well-being.
  7. Pet-Friendly Regulations: Some urban areas might have restrictions on pet ownership, such as breed-specific legislation, pet size limits, or the requirement for pets to be leashed at all times. These regulations can impact an owner’s ability to care for their pets in a way that aligns with their needs.
  8. Time Constraints: Urban dwellers might have busier lifestyles due to work and other commitments, leaving them with less time to properly care for and interact with their pets.
  9. Hygiene and Waste Management: Urban living requires responsible waste management, including pet waste. Failing to properly clean up after pets can lead to hygiene and health issues.

Perhaps, you are doing all that you can to ensure the proper physical and mental health of your pet is maintained. Many do. Yet, what I am talking about is not having them at all. Let them be.

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