This is one of the articles that was posted on sympatico.ca this morning. I was interested by it because it shows so well how some people point out what they believe to be animal abuse, while others tell that person to stop being so childish because animal abuse is only kicking your cat or dog.
What is this about? The author is talking about a practice that dog owners have started because they feel that they have a funny story to tell. If you're not reading the article carefully, it seems as though the author is denouncing this as an act of abuse. One only has to read the introduction paragraph in bold to see that she thinks it's funny. And I agree.
However, some animal rights activists - or some people who want to protect animals, at the very least - are claiming that this author is publicizing a practice that should not exist. They say that the animals feel something, and that this is shaming them to a point of damaging them psychologically. They also point out that if they were taking similar pictures of children, this would not be 'funny', but surely frowned upon and perhaps even banned.
At the very opposite end, there are those that we all know and love as vegans - those that claim that animals don't even have feelings and barely even understand why we punish them. They are telling this one particular responder that she should calm down and let the people take these pictures because... well, they're funny. And the dogs won't remember that it happened the following day.
My take on this: the owners saw that their lovable pet did something wrong. They want to vent their frustration, all the while understanding that these animals often don't quite understand why we tell them to stop doing some of the things that just come naturally to them. So, to help them get over the initial anger, they take funny pictures and let their friends and a few strangers enjoy them.
What do you think? Funny pictures, or animal abuse?
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