Question by merebear83: “Pet” overpopulation?
I’m very saddened by the HUGE numbers of animals in shelters, & hope to adopt several of them soon. I’m a lifelong animal lover. During my search for the best breeds for my family, I’ve seen statistics on the “pet overpopulation problem” but part of it doesn’t make sense to me. Why do humans “have” to kill the “surplus” cats & dogs, instead of letting them live free in the wild? I know that some problems would arise, like garbage scavenging etc…but raccoons do that too! Millions of other species of animals also roam the earth with humans, & they aren’t singled out for killing like cats/dogs are. Why are these animals any different, when people even have to coexist with gators haha? Lots of cats/dogs make wonderful pets, but they have also lived in the wild for countless years without the aid of humans. It seems so sad that we’re killing them by the thousands. I wish they all had families, but living in the wild is better than being dead, right? Just kill the unwanted pets…
How could that be true? Dogs and cats lived in the wild before humans even existed, they have to have some instincts to help them. I’ve never seen a *healthy* animal that was helpless. If other animals have a right to live in the wild instead of dying, why can’t dogs and cats? The best thing would be to have homes for all of them…but I don’t see how an early death is better than living how you were originally supposed to live in the first place.
Jenn, I just can’t buy what you’re saying 100%. If cats and dogs could have been domesticated from the wild in the first place, then why would it be STUPID to believe that the process could be somehow reversed over some length of time? Cats and dogs weren’t ALWAYS domesticated obviously, and they definitely have instincts to rely upon…much more so than humans. I’m not saying it would be a perfect scenario, life in the wild can be harsh…but that’s what all the other species are doing. I just don’t see how death is better. Once again, the best scenario is families for all of them…but I just don’t think death is a better alternative than living like the vast majority of other animals on the planet. I think you’re underestimating their resourcefulness and will to survive.
I meant to add this in my last post…but there are instances of “wild” animals like leopards, etc being raised by humans, and then successfully released into the wild.
Answer by E J
If they let cats/dogs/rabbits/birds/ferrets(?) go in the wild the would have died a worse death than being humanely euthanized because they do not know how to live in the wild.
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