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Why am I so emotionally attached to my animals?

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    I've only had a few dogs throughout my childhood, but I feel so close to animals

    everytime I go to another country and see how ill treated animals are I get so upset, it kills me

    Seeing or hearing about how animals get treated badly upsets me on a deep level

    My mom cares and does a lot more for animals than me but it doesn't effect her as much as it effects me

    Why is this?
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    Because humans are scum, whereas animals are pure and only become cruel because of humans. Some would also say it's because they can't defend themselves in modern society (as in they can't pop into Greggs for a pasty when hungry).
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    They were part of your childhood (years that are quite precious) hence why they mean more to you than your mum.

    You're also a very affectionate and compassionate person, there's nothing wrong with that Your username even represents that kind of person you are.
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    (Original post by Genocidal)
    Because humans are scum, whereas animals are pure and only become cruel because of humans. Some would also say it's because they can't defend themselves in modern society (as in they can't pop into Greggs for a pasty when hungry).
    Err... Wild animals are capable of feeding themselves too. Wild animals have certainly found ways to defend themselves.

    Define 'pure' because a lot of animals kill to live in quite grotesque ways.

    Humans are criticised because we're supposedly meant to be non-barbaric, socially. However intrinsically, we all are (to various extents).
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    (Original post by Iamyourfather)
    Err... Wild animals are capable of feeding themselves too. Wild animals have certainly found ways to defend themselves.

    Define 'pure' because a lot of animals kill to live in quite grotesque ways.

    Humans are criticised because we're supposedly meant to be non-barbaric, socially. However intrinsically, we all are (to various extents).
    I don't think the OP is speaking about wild animals which fly around the African plains chomping on the leg of an unfortunate zebra. The OP is speaking about when humans mistreat animals, so the sort of things our species comes into contact with. When we come into contact with animals the animal generally doesn't survive if it attempts to defend itself; either through immediate action of retrospective counterattack.

    By pure I mean the animals we domesticate tend to become violent because we make them violent. Like the dogs the OP mentions, they are not born evil or with violent tendencies. They get that way because of thwat we do to them.

    I totally agree with you. Whoever thinks that we aren't barbaric are either morons or live as hermits on the side of a mountain.
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    (Original post by Genocidal)
    I don't think the OP is speaking about wild animals which fly around the African plains chomping on the leg of an unfortunate zebra. The OP is speaking about when humans mistreat animals, so the sort of things our species comes into contact with. When we come into contact with animals the animal generally doesn't survive if it attempts to defend itself; either through immediate action of retrospective counterattack.

    By pure I mean the animals we domesticate tend to become violent because we make them violent. Like the dogs the OP mentions, they are not born evil or with violent tendencies. They get that way because of thwat we do to them.

    I totally agree with you. Whoever thinks that we aren't barbaric are either morons or live as hermits on the side of a mountain.
    Okay I understand now. Yes, no animal deserves to be mistreated.

    It can it argued however that like humans, other animals can be born 'evil' or conditioned to be 'evil' (like you said). Like humans, animals have personalities.

    Your first sentence made me laugh out loud.
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    (Original post by Genocidal)
    Because humans are scum, whereas animals are pure and only become cruel because of humans. Some would also say it's because they can't defend themselves in modern society (as in they can't pop into Greggs for a pasty when hungry).
    But humans are also pure by your logic because the one's that are 'cruel' are usually that way because of how they were treated by their masters (parents)
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    (Original post by Iamyourfather)
    Okay I understand now. Yes, no animal deserves to be mistreated.

    It can it argued however that like humans, other animals can be born 'evil' or conditioned to be 'evil' (like you said). Like humans, animals have personalities.

    Your first sentence made me laugh out loud.
    I think what makes animals different from humans in terms of their minds, however, is the fact they are of a more primitive mind. There are only so many things they can comprehend. You must actively condition an animal to turn it violent, whereas a human you have no real control due to how easy negative influences can travel and our ability to understand it.
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    (Original post by Jordan_1)
    But humans are also pure by your logic because the one's that are 'cruel' are usually that way because of how they were treated by their masters (parents)
    I believe humans in this day and age must be actively conditioned to do good. Since we, unlike animals, have the ability to comprehend the disgusting doings going on around the world we must actively condition ourselves to be unduly influenced by it. Since animals can't understand these things unless they are actively involved you must train them to be bad.

    I suppose in a way humans are pure, but it means next to nothing since being exposed to such information is so simple. The only way you could have a pure human is by cutting them off from society really. We are too intelligent to not be unduly influenced. If this wasn't the case parents wouldn't need to tell us the difference between right and wrong, we would be good naturally.

    It's an extremely complicated issue which this thread, and myself, are over simplifying for debating purposes, though.

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