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So, no. Keeping domesticated breeds as pets is not more cruel than letting them all go free. Despite what the evil monsters who run PETA (who euthanize tens of thousands of animals for every animal they save) would tell you, setting all the puppies and kitties free is the cruelest of all possible options.
Keeping fish isn't cruel, because they are so lacking in intelligence that they are incapable of understanding that they're in an aquarium.
Many breeds of small pets can be given as much or more room as what they would have on their own, given the opportunity or breed, play, etc, while being free from the constant threat of predators.
In all seriousness though, keeping pets is only cruel for the keeper.
I have to waste all my money,energy and resources feeding and taking care of them.
They live the high life.
I don't think any animal, with any amount of wits to them, would want to live out in the cold desolate wild over living the in the lap of luxury.
Every cat I've ever owned had eventually become an outdoorsy cat, but still came home for the comfort the indoor world provided them.
Every dog I've ever owned got mad when I left them outside, and would proceed to bark like crazy till I let 'em in.
If any animal felt that the life I provided to them was evil in anyway, they have the ability to jump ship at any time.
So I don't think it's cruel to keep pets, more like saintly.
my moms cat was supposed to be an outdoor cat but it kept wanting in and after a couple days she gave in, if you take that cat outside it struggles free and run back inside
my cats constantly beg to get outside
Probably so, and thinking it over, I'd venture to guess a few of the half-dozen cats I've had never really lived the street life.
I have a sneaking suspicion they would mozy on over to the nice neighbors around me, and just chill their houses.
Still though at the end of the day, it was my home they came to.
They always had a chance to flee, but they never did, so...
cats spend most of there time where they get fed the most
I think it depends what kind of animal you are keeping as it has been mentioned before that living with humans or at least where cats are fed is sort of in their nature.
For other (mostly exotic)animals I think it's not as good.
I'd say keeping them as a pet in of itself no. I don't see it as cruel and they tend to live a lot better and longer then in the wild. Obviously this depends on the family they're with, as some people can be really cruel while others very loving. At least this is the case for animals such as Cats & many breeds of dogs. Caged Birds, not so much like finches. Keeping Avians in general as pets is probably not the best for them, unless they have a very large green house or something to fly around in. Even then its probably not the same as being able to fly in the wild.
Last edited by MasterNetra; April 23rd, 2013 at 11:13 PM.
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