Yet another slew of slew of animal movies hit the streets - a result of movie-makers' greed to take advantage of the appeal 'cuteness' has on the naive people of the world.
I speak this with full knowledge that I am among one of those people. I think baby animals are lovely and are a symbol of all that's good in the world.
BUT I am not stupid enough to go out and buy a dog after seeing a movie.
UNFORTUNATELY, some people are.
As much as I would like to side with the SPCA with this and kill all pets that are abandoned and can't find a home, I think that the only way this problem can be dealt with is when the authorities are willing to play a part. Having an NPO like SPCA trying it heart out is no way to handle such a serious social problem.
You see people walking their dogs every time, but do you place yourself outside the pet home watching heartless owners abandon their pets? Imagine how the animals would feel when the person they'e put all their trust in brings them to a cold dark cage in the middle of nowhere (the SPCA doesn't have the best location here).
Cmon, you watched the movies! Animals have hearts too! If you've learnt anything from the movies, it that ANIMALS HAVE SOULS TOO!
So while the AVA spends loads of money on advertising awareness to the people on pet responsibility, it is them who propagate the sale of animals in pet stores, allowing easy access to an idiot with a fat wallet and a selfish kid.
When you buy an animal, it's more that fur and fun. You have to look beyond the obviously shallow and see the responsibilities of taking on another life into yours.
It's like getting married, only worse.
Here's what you sign for when you place that leash on the puppy:
- feeding the pooch
- washing the pooch
- smelling his poo
- smelling his pee
- cleaning them up
- hearing him whine while you're trying to do something important
- hearing him whine while you're trying to do something not important
- smelling him wherever you go because you probably bought a big dog (Marley and Me)
- hearing him wherever you go because you probably bought a small dog (Beverly Hills Chihuahua; Bolt)
- hearing him scratch the door because he wants to go out
- hearing him scratch the door because he wants to come in
- and many many more annoy things that come with having a personality
There are more perks than pukes when it comes to owning a pet, but if just reading the above have rattled your cage, then I suggest a goldfish.
Even then, I'd bet the poor fella won't last a week in an unloved environment. Just that fish survive when they get flushed down a toilet.