Taking pets, maybe not after all

Overseeing everything

We've taken the dog as an example of how animals are sold, treated or abused. For all kinds of animals goes that they have to (let themselves) adapt to people, in appearance and in behavior. This is done by breeding, with all kinds of drawbacks. Is this justified?
We claim the right to take animals from their natural habitats, for instance birds, snakes, lizards, turtles or exotic fishes. Is this justified?
We put birds, guinea pigs and rabbits in tiny cages, or fish in tiny bowls, so that we can look at them whenever we want. Is this justified?
When we can no longer keep the animal, we sell it, take it to the animal shelter, where some of them are put down, or we free it outside somewhere to fend for itself. Is this justified?
We make sure that dogs and cats cannot reproduce by sterilizing them or removing their testicles. This is also done with rabbits and guinea pigs because otherwise they "smell", and with dogs because they show natural behavior we do not like. Is this justified?
Can people assume the right to determine the fate of pets? Do the benefits for people balance the drawbacks for animals? - We don't think so. That's why we do not encourage keeping pets.

This article is part of a series on pet adoption. Below the table of contents of this series. Below that even more articles about pets.

Table of contents

Introduction: keeping pets.

An example: the dog

The history of dogs.
Modern day dogs.
Consequences of irresponsible breeding for dogs.
Drawbacks for dogs.


Why do people want pets?
Drawbacks for humans.
The pet-industry.


Take a pet?

More articles on pets

Are pets education tools?
Bad reasons for keeping pets.
Dependency of animals.
Letting go of attachment to animals.
Children and their perception of animals.
A disposal fee for every pet animal purchased?
Abandoned pets as "free as a bird"?

Links to articles about specific animals

Suffering of reptiles.
Why the goldfishbowl is bad.
A rabbit as a pet… suitable or not?