Here’s a fun one.
As a vegan, how do I, Savannah, feel about keeping carnivorous pets?
This argument mainly comes from PETA’s stance against keeping pets, which is referenced in an article stating the pros and cons of keeping these pets.
As stated here:
Their lives are restricted to human homes where they must obey commands and can only eat, drink, and even urinate when humans allow them to. Because domesticated animals retain many of their basic instincts and drives but are not able to survive on their own in the wild, dogs, cats, or birds, whose strongest desire is to be free, must be confined to a house, yard, or cage for their own safety . . . Even in “good” homes, cats must relieve themselves in dirty litterboxes and often have their digits removed by “declawing,” and dogs often have to drink water that has sat around for days, are hurried along on their walks, and are yelled at to get off the furniture or be quiet.
And this is referring to our standard domesticated pets, such as dogs and cats. For even more exotic pets, such as snakes, their stance is even more rigid.
So. How do I feel about it?
Personally, as someone that grew up with pets, cares for pets, has worked in everything from dog grooming to AKC Dog Shows, I can state that while I can see their point of view, I don’t see it as necessary at this point in our societal state.
If we are keeping these pets with an open heart and ensuring they are getting the optimal care that we can provide for them, we are doing something good. Ideally, yes, no animal would suffer at the hands of people. There are worse things than being a well-loved pet, however.
We can ensure that these animals get proper care, proper temperatures, proper humidity (if necessary), regular and consistent food, and we can give them affection safety in our hands.
To be clear: I believe that wild animals should stay wild, and I don’t support anyone taking anything from the wild to keep as a pet. Please let them remain in their natural habitat.
Adopting a dog/cat from a kill shelter or a captive-bred macaw from the hands of abusive owners are different, or even purchasing a reptile from a reputable breeder/enthusiast is a different story.
There are also people working with exotic animals in a desperate effort to preserve the species when their habitat is being destroyed. In such instances, I believe that the work of these people is good. This work is not to be confused with zoos, however, who do breed exotic animals and sometimes help preserve species but do so to make a profit and often exploit said animals.
So, overall, I am not a vegan against keeping pets. If it is done, make sure the animal(s) are receiving optimal love and care, and make sure to NEVER EVER buy an animal from a pet shop.
What do you think? Do you agree with me?