Is it Really in the Interests of Humans and Animals Alike to Keep Pets?

Is it Really in the Interests of Humans and Animals Alike to Keep Pets?

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Here is an article that I wrote for a writing task at school and I was pretty happy with it. So here you are;

 

I really had to think hard before starting to write this, because, despite my own pets bringing a lot of happiness into my world, it makes me infinitely sad to see wild animals kept in a limiting environment where they do not have the freedom to be happy. Freedom is a very topical subject at the moment and I believe that the freedom of animals is not considered enough in debates and the media.

In my opinion to give someone true freedom you should try your hardest to give them the best platform to do, say or be whatever hey choose. When this rule is applied to animals it all gets a bit complicated, as most animals’ natural habitat is the wild. Where life is a constant fight for survival and although they may be free, they are constantly in far more danger. This life is-for most animals-where they are happiest and I believe that this is the environment they should be in, however, many of the animals we keep as pets are not adapted to this environment and somehow, I don’t agree with my dogs, who would not harm a fly, living in the wild and having to compete for food with far more ferocious predators such as wolves, bears or even badgers and foxes. I believe that the act of keeping pets helps both the animal and the owner in their development and improves the lives of both parties.

Being a pet definitely has its pros and cons for an animal, however, in my opinion the pros outweigh the cons in most situations. People have said to me that ‘keeping any kind of pet is cruel and unnatural’ whenever I hear this I find myself disagreeing no matter how compelling their argument is. This is because, many of our pets’ natural habitats are in warm and loving homes with people to feed, look after and care for them. In fact, domesticated animals such as dogs and cats would have never evolved if it wasn’t for the demand for pets in ancient times. These animals have been bred to be kept in captivity as working animals or compainions for humans.

As for the idea that keeping pets is cruel, I do agree that in some places animals are mistreated and forced to live in incredibly inhumane conditions but for the majority of pets this is far from the case. How many people do you know who snuggle up with their pet at night or take time out of their busy schedules to walk or play with their animals? I bet that this number is far higher than the number of people you know who mistreat their animals and charities such as the RSPCA are fighting hard to further reduce the number of cases of animal abuse.

Now, I have only discussed the advantages and disadvantages for the animals but they are only half of this relationship. Pets, to be pets, must have a human to care for them, but why would anyone devote so much time and money just to keep an animal in their home? There is no clear answer to this as everyone has their own individual reasons, however, science has given us some proven facts that may contribute to the matter.

  • People who keep animals, in general, have a lower blood pressure and are at a lower risk of heart disease
  • Being around a domesticated animal has been proven many times to reduce stress and improve mental stability
  • Owning an animal often helps children with autism to be more interactive and better at socialising as they feel more relaxed and able to open up
  • In a family environment having a pet helps children feel more responsible and more thoughtful towards others as they have had to help care for an animal
  • 95% of households who have a pet feel like their animal is a part of the family

Although not all of these facts are always a conscious part of the decision when choosing to have a pet the knowledge that pets are beneficial to both the owner’s mental and physical health is a common fact.

On a less scientific note, I know that I have always had a profound love for dogs and most other animals. I adore their faithful gaze and unconditional love (as long as you give them food or itch where they can’t reach). It makes me feel important in their world and even though everything might be going wrong elsewhere, the fact that your dog or cat or whichever other animal you keep will still be there for you, relying on you to repay their love, is a reason to be happy.

To conclude, despite the inconveniences that pets create it is all worthwhile when they lick your face in the middle of the night or their little eyes light up when you get home. I know that there are so many unhappy pets out there but those who are happy in their homes should be enough to tip the balance and make pets far better than they are bad.

 

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