(27-12-2012 09:24 PM)poolboyg88 Wrote: Pets are essentially mindless sacks of meat, that people waste time, money, and affection on.
1. These animals are being forced to exist (breeding), and forced into artificial environments to serve their masters needs (mostly emotional). Their entire existing, and lives are just as playthings and emotional outlets for people. They're living dolls.
2. The time, money, and affection should be spent on real people - people who need it, and people who are able to appreciate it, and reciprocate. The pet owner and society at large would be better off if they didn't have pets and were forced to interact with real people.
*Note. I'm going to feel real awkward if this debate template takes off, and we graduate to something like racial debates >_>
I don't advocate harm towards anybody or anything.
However, I think that there is no evidence pet ownership harms the pet. The day a cat can tell me "this violates feline rights!" and all felids in the world petition for a Universal Declaration of Felid Rights, then I'll desist. I guess as the biggest cats around, tigers and lions will threaten to eat us provided we don't heed their demands....