Should People Keep Pets?

United States
August 23, 2006 9:16pm CST
Should people keep pets? Isn't it unfair to the animals, and/or a bit sad that people need a plaything?
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94 responses
• United States
24 Aug 06
What should we do? Keep them in the pound where they'd be killed after 2 weeks...or let them live on the streets. I think they have a cozy life after all, we give them beds, play with them, and feed them. We don't NeEd to have them, so it isn't sad. They are just fun to have around.
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@infohome (1222)
• India
19 Nov 06
Yes they can be good friend and company to us.
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@v_mars (11)
• United States
27 Nov 06
i think thats completely right. people have pets because the pets need someone to take care of them. i myself have a rabbit and he's like my son.
@bhchy1 (6052)
• United States
27 Aug 06
Pets have a lot to offer. They are theraputic for my child. And for older people living alone they offer companionship and help them lead healthier lives. They also can help teach children resposibility by having to care for and feed them. And there are educational aspects as well. So keeping a pet...not at all sad or unfair. They need love and attention just like everyone else.
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@meenal21 (39)
• India
26 Aug 06
Yes they should because they are a source of pleasure to them.
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• Italy
25 Aug 06
The point is it doesn't have to be a plaything. If it is, then you're right, they better not have a pet. A pet should be just like any other member of the family. Someone to take care of, love and have fun with! Those who think pets are a plaything usually abandon them before going on vacation or stuff like that. It's just cruel. But some people actually LOVE their pets, make them happy and help them when they need it.
@TheWuzz (98)
• United States
25 Aug 06
It is more than a bit sad that someone has a problem with someone having a pet. What kind of existance does a person like this live
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• Malaysia
8 Jan 07
Yeah sure..Why not? Pets will be your partner while you're alone. Besides it's also cute and tame with the owner. I would prefer cats rather than other animals.
@ilunice (947)
• Netherlands
7 Jan 07
Sometimes I think of this two. If you love something, you have to make that thing free. You can keep something in a cage and tell me you love it. No, it plain cruelty in another dimension.
@yoleis27 (557)
• Israel
7 Jan 07
It depends. If you are talking about ordinary pets like dog or cat I think that its ok, since you give the animal a house. If you are talking about wild animals like monkeys I think it's horrible since they should be living in the place that they are belong too...
@runsgame (2033)
• India
7 Jan 07
it is not unfair to the animla sbut it is not required for people to keep pets. it is a bit sad too that people need a plaything
@andy_baex (428)
• Indonesia
7 Jan 07
if that's good for the animal, for example we can breeding them i think that's fair for animal, because we keep them cause we love them
@Lady_Vincy (1540)
• United States
7 Jan 07
don't see anything wrong with keeping a pet. It is not unfair to the animal. People need animals as much as the amimal needs people in may cases.
• Ukraine
6 Jan 07
Yes we should keep pets.
@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
6 Jan 07
My pets are all well cared for to the point of almost being completely spoiled. I dare say that if I were to give them the choice of staying or leaving, they'd pick staying. (In fact, my dogs have done just that -- when the fence blew down and they came back to the patio and waited for me to fix it.)
@thekiwi (588)
• United States
5 Jan 07
There are animals that depend on us, also since we are tearing down their houses, and building ours, i think its only right that we take care of them in return!
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
5 Jan 07
Most people do not have pets as "playthings". Most people's pets are friends, companions and confidants. They return your love unconditionally and are always willing to listen whan you have a problem. They do not judge or talk back. People take better care of the animals than they would be able to do themselves. The life span of feral "pets" (dogs, cats, mice, etc.) is greatly reduced and they lead very difficult, short lives.
@padhukr (2267)
• India
17 Dec 06
yes nothing do worry
• United States
4 Dec 06
No everyone needs compainions. And I am sure my cats would rather be here in a nice warm house and food in the kitchen then to be out in the cold (or heat depending on the season) trying to find food, warding off other animals, and basically fighting for their life everyday. I don't believe the should be chained...although I have a dog who is. But she's got plenty of running room.
@pusibaba (1010)
• India
4 Dec 06
no people should not pets .as pet can be noisy at public places
@adipoaca (159)
• Romania
4 Dec 06
Because of Winn Dixie tells the story of ten-year old Opal. She has just moved to Naomi, Florida with her preacher father. On an errand to the grocery store Opal finds a large, ugly, homeless dog. Opal is immediately attached to the dog whom she names Winn Dixie after the grocery store where she finds him. Together they make friends with Otis, an ex-convict who runs the local pet store; Miss Fanny, the librarian who has a desk full of "Litmus Lozenges" a type of candy which her great grandfather invented; and Gloria Dump, the lady the local children think of as a witch because of her jungle-like yard. This book will make you laugh as Opal and Winn Dixie make friends with these very likable characters in this small southern town.
@magikrose (5423)
• United States
4 Dec 06
We recently adopted 2 adorable kitens from a local shelter. We got them because for one we want to teach our kids a bit of responsibility and for 2 we are animal lovers and wanted to give a needy pet a warm loving home. These 2 kittens are like my own children. They need to be fed, bathed, loved and cared for. I love to hold them, and to pet them. Having a pet for a sick person has been known to help the healing process especially in children. Some childrens hospitals keep a few dogs and cats so that they can bring out every now and then for the children to pet and hold. I have been told that a smile and laugh releases chemicles in the body to help healing and that is what pets provide. Joy and happiness.