Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Discussion: Feelings Towards Pets and Humans

I think it's interesting how generally, people react more to animals being hurt, than humans being hurt (except people who dislike animals of course).

I saw this photo on BuzzFeed, in a post talking about the NYPD. I was looking through it and I felt little emotion towards the tweets in which the NYPD were hitting a person or pulling someone's hair. Whereas when I saw this photo, I felt immediate rage. My feelings may be slightly biased because I am a huge pet person (cats, dogs and bunnies in particular), but from the comment(s) I saw on the post, I saw that many people shared the same feelings as I did.

Why is that?

My thoughts are that, perhaps, we see pets as inferiors (in a good way), like how we see a baby. Even if it wasn't a pet, but a wild boar being hurt in any way, I would again, feel strongly towards it. 

Another thought that I had was that, perhaps we have seen many brutal happenings between humans. So much that things like a person punching another person, are not seen as something very significant. We don't see as many people punching animals (behind the scenes maybe), and therefore when we do see animals being hurt, the initial and instinctive reaction would be to feel anger.

I feel like there is more behind this. But my brain can only come up with these reasons. So I've decided to start discussion posts where I'll post something with my thoughts, and you can comment (anonymously as well, if you wish) telling me your thoughts on it.

Post away! Tell me what you think.