pet 1. An animal kept for amusement or companionship.
I find keeping pets reprehensible in a world where people are starving to death every minute. Not only the direct loss of human food to pets, but the energy used to produce, package, distribute, and sell it, as well as the same waste in resources for pet products other than food. Add to that the billions of tons of animal waste disposed in the environment, and I find no moral or economic justification for the keeping of pets.
Yes that is one point of view, and fully justifiable.
But I could not give up my cat. She loves me. I love her. She keeps me sane
When kids are growing up i think it is important that they relate and have contact with animals otherwise they become alienated form the natural world.
We had cats dogs geese, horse, ducks chickens, tadpoles etc.
My daughter is still known as the 'Goose Girl'.
At 5 YO she gathered the newly born geese and brought them to the house.
IF anyone else had tried that the geese would have broken their arms
I always tried to impress on my girls that "creepy crawlies" where interesting and not frightening. This reached a level of Kafka like absurdity when my daughter adopted two leaches called "Care Bear" and "Princess"
The stunned vet at the local School Pet Show gave her first prize.
(I never did work out how to feed them so we had to let them go.)
We had kittens that the kids watched being born and played with from birth. The kittens developed a local reputation as being special, gentle and very human centred (also they did not chase wildlife) and at one stage we had a list of 35 people wanting one of our kittens. We gave them away but only to people we had vetted.(not an intentional pun)
Kids who grow up without pets are damaged or at least deprived.
In a country like Australia I think it is sad that native animals cannot be legally kept as pets. Especially those that are damaged and cannot survive in the wild. Feral animals (cats, dogs, pigs, camels, horses, buffalo are a major environmental problem.)
Humans have always kept pets. Aboriginal people in Australia have kept dogs for thousands of years. (They keep you warm in winter) Other cultures the same (In a worse case scenario you could always eat them). Ancient Egyptian societies venerated many animals especially cats; affording them the same funeral rites as humans.
Animals such as horses, camels, and Oxen have helped us survive and develop as a race.
It is fascinating to watch a goose or a sheep graze. You get a lot of clues about what are the best nutritious plants are, and which are the least nutritious plants.