The Pet Trade and the Paradox of Loving Animals to Death - Page 2
How many unsuspecting people buy their fish, cats, dogs, lizards, hamsters, from Petsmart and Petco, the two companies named in PETA's investigation as being involved in the illegal pet trade?
These compassionate, self-professed animal lovers unwittingly fuel the "meat" market. Whether an animal lover or not, a pet-owner or not, or a bystander who will do nothing to stop the pet trade, where is the humanity in those who view animals as commodity?
The buying and selling of animals not only compromises our humanity, it destroys our natural ecosystem as well when pet owners abandon or release their purchased animals into the "wild."
Forget about the enormous pythons that have become an invasive and aggressive specie in the Florida wetlands because as an imported specie, it has no natural predators; in any urban or suburban estates, any well-fed, domesticated cat decimates the ornithology population as well as kills moles, insects, and all other small moving creatures.
And no, that little bell on the cat collar will not help because felines are masters of stealth. On the same token, any dog off the leash terrorizes squirrels and other denizens of the "wild." Pet rabbits, hamsters, Guinea pigs, mice, rats, need wood shavings bought from pet stores for bedding and nesting. Where is the logic in cutting down trees in order to cater to the needs of caged furry animals?
I will end with this quote from Albert Schweitzer, Alsatian Theologian, musician, and medical missionary: "Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives."