[quote=“X3M”]Is it really better to put the poor dog on the street for life-long suffering , than putting it down?
What is the least of two evils here???[/quote]
The reason there are so many dogs and cats in the world is because we breed them and keep them as pets. The reason there are so many stray animals in the world is because their owners were irresponsible.
I guess some people consider being humane to an animal killing it when it is in too much pain or when there are no people that want to care for it. Because they believe the animal is better off that way.
I think my dog would survive if I threw her away in the woods. I think she would survive in the city too. If I knew I was going to die one day and absolutely had to choose between that or taking her to the vet and watching him OD her with barbituates and then hold her while she dies, I would throw her away.
She would not understand if I killed her. She would not understand if I threw her away. But if I left her in the woods, I think she’d be okay. She would miss me but she would be alive. She’d be able to run through the grass and chase birds, and those things would make her happy.
If I left her in the city, she’d get dirty, probably not be able to find many things to eat, and people would kick her. Maybe some kind person would feed her regularly and eventually she’d have a new home or she might get run over by a car. But she would not be in emotional pain most of the time, I don’t think, unless she was injured.
The reason we put stray animals down is because they interfere with our lives. Some people find them smelly, some are afraid they will carry diseases, some are annoyed at their waste. So we use these reasons to rationalise taking their lives.
But I guess it’s us who’ve over-reproduced. There are a bunch of humans who are constantly starving and live in worse conditions than a stray dog in Taipei.
[quote=“The Hunger Site”]
It is estimated that one billion people in the world suffer from hunger and malnutrition. That’s roughly 100 times as many as those who actually die from these causes each year.
About 24,000 people die every day from hunger or hunger-related causes. This is down from 35,000 ten years ago, and 41,000 twenty years ago. Three-fourths of the deaths are children under the age of five. [/quote]
Most strays here manage to find enough food in order not to die of malnutrition. So these people are in a pretty sorry state. Should we put them out of their suffering by ending their lives though?
Those people are pretty miserable, right? Shouldn’t they be released from their suffering?
Most people value a human life more than a dog’s life and think a human should always live his natural lifespan. But why?
If a quick death is better than a life on the streets, then it would be justifiable to just kill all the stray animals. And I guess that is what the shelters and the government do, except they don’t try to kill every dog they see on the street right away.
I guess all pets should be exterminated then. If all the pets in the world were dead, then there would be no strays. They would not suffer anymore. Ever.
It’s really a mean thing to keep a pet I guess. You acquire another living being solely for your own selfish need of companionship. And by doing so you get to control its life entirely.
So a large-scale slaugther of all animals kept as pets would solve the problem. There would be no more dogs kept in cages most of their lives.
Does it matter then if the dog gets maybe a year or two of love? Or should the dog have been killed in the first place if no one else wanted her when she was a puppy?
There are many more dogs and cats than there are good loving homes. If a person gives a dog a few years of happiness, then abandons her, does this leave the situation worse? Or was it better than the dog always being a stray?
I guess it all depends on if time spent living life matters. If it does not matter if I die today or die thirty years from now, then it would not matter if I killed a stray today rather than neutered it and it dying in ten years. Because it was going to die eventually.
I don’t know anymore. A lot of killing would solve the problem forever, but killing is bad, right? Does the happiness the animal might experience in years to come not matter?