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Why does the mention of dogs (or animals in general) often cause people to lose rational thinking?

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Asked at 2010.01.16 19:04:48
I was on another forum earlier this week, the subject was unwanted pets in shelters. I couldn't believe how many responses there were such as "ban all breeding", "make a government program requiring all pets to be microchipped", all these things if the people spouting them stopped for 10 seconds and thought the process though, wouldn't help the situation at hand. Many of the suggestions, in my opinion, would like just help the irresponsible people and hurt the responsible ones.

For many people, it seems like the idea that dogs are legally property invokes a negative response. But the alternative is that you don't own your pet.
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Or people complaining about the way some animals are killed or euthanized, methods that are humane but people seem a bit squeamish, people freak out. Just a few minutes ago, there was a post about captive bolt guns. I grew up on a farm and there were a couple times when an animal got injured to the point you knew there's no way it would live, it got shot. Yes, it seems "violent", and I don't know if I could do it myself, but the 2 possible situations were to put it out of it's misery now or let it suffer for another 30 minutes while we drive to the vet to be put down.

(Reminds me of this video I watched of Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs talking about castrating lambs, about how he thought was horrible and cruel actually wasn't: <a href="" rel="nofollow">…</a> )

Or those that complain about hunting because it's "killing animals". Have they watched any nature shows and seen Zebras being ripped apart and eaten alive by lions? I'd much rather be a deer killed by a gun than a zebra killed by lions.

I know people love animals and love their pets, but why does it seem that rationality often goes out the window and the viewpoints are 100% emotional?

I'm not saying no emotion should be involved with our pets. And yes, I'm probably guilty to some extent myself of letting my heart rule my mind with my pets, but I do try to remember to step back and look at the big picture.
answer Chetco  Answered at 2010.01.16 19:04:48
As a senior, I see so many changes in the human~animal relationship over the past 40 years. Some of it is encouraging, and much of it is frightening.
I believe we have PETA to blame. They are an AR propaganda machine of great success. They do absolutely nothing FOR animals, but produce propaganda, with just enough truth to make them seem valid. Their crap is aimed at the young person, and is skillfully created.
Their messages evoke high emotion, and hence the unreasonable emotional responses we see here everyday. All that they really are, is a money-making scam, yet they keep sucking people in.

I am all for a kinder and gentler world, in which animals are treated with respect, but without humans becoming the bottom of the totem, and the animal being worshiped.

I guess the ones that bother me the most, are the ones who will put an untrained vicious dog above the safety of their own children. .Pretty scary! When I tell them to have the dog humanely euthanized to keep their children safe, I get hate mail.

PETA is trying to tell the children that it is bad to eat Sea Kittens..!!!!
There is a video on their site that portrays the fish in a human-type family, and suffering when their loved ones are taken by the big bad fisherman. Cruel to eat fish?
Don't be surprised when humanizing fish is the common way of thinking.
Each year, Virginia says they are revoking the non-profit status of PETA..I wish they would stop talking and start acting.

Do you want a good laugh..(or cry) check out PETA's Sally the Sea Kitten:
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