|Barked: Thu May 16, '13 4:13am PST |
|The semantics of it has never really bothered me. I've never really thought of myself as anything other than Samson's owner.
People calling me his dad/parent just sounds...weird to me.
Being his owner doesn't mean I value or cherish his life any less than I would a hypothetical child of mine. I love him and I treat him very well. But I still own him - just not in the same way I own my desk chair.
And the law already reflects this distinction. I can take a sledgehammer to my chair, burn it, throw it in the dumpster, etc. If I were to beat/mutilate/toss/etc my dog, I'd rightfully be in jail.
The "guardian" nonsense is legal path to removing the rights of pet owners to make decisions for their animals. It plays right into the hands of PETA's stated goal of eradicating domestic animals.
I don't think I could live without a dog. I don't know how I lived as long as I did without one. If mandatory neuter was nationwide, I'd just opt for the nutless dog.
I wouldn't like it, mind you, not one bit - but as far as the important traits of a dog go (loving, loyal, empathetic, etc) balls aren't really necessary :p.
Edited by author Thu May 16, '13 4:15am PST
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