Ending Over Population of Companion Animals

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1188 words

There are many reasons why companion animals are a great asset to people and pet owners, most of these benefits are health related. People who own companion animals are more likely to exercise and have reduced blood pressure. Spending time with a companion animal also increases longevity after a heart attack and reduces stress for people with Alzheimer's. Patients in hospitals who spend time with companion animals are usually more social, cooperative and have pain relief (Willetts Health Benefits lecture). There are more reasons than those just listed to own a companion animal. However, in the United States there is one problem with these pets and companions. Companion animal overpopulation in the United States is a real problem and this includes domesticated cats, dogs and exotic animals. Millions of animals each year are abandoned and brought to shelters, and about half of those millions are eventually euthanized. It is important to note as P. Elizabeth Anderson does in her work, The Powerful Bond between People and Pets, that every animal purchased from a breeder is taking away a home for a pet from a shelter (pg. 187). Most shelters don't have the funds to take care of these animals for long term and not enough people are adopting these abandoned animals. There are several ways to combat the overpopulation of these abandoned companion animals. There is an ideal way and there are more practical ways. The ideal way would negate a lot of the freedoms in America in general and the freedom of enterprise in America as well. The more realistic strategies allow for people to still have the freedom to conduct their businesses if they want and the freedom for people to buy the pet they would want as well.
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...s and breeders all together while trying to adopt out already homeless pets in pounds and shelters. However, this will most likely never happen. What this problem needs is for the government to step in. They need to regulate, inspect and enforce taxation on these business. But, they're not the only ones who can put a halt or slow down the overpopulation, it's also the public's job. It's our job to educate, volunteer, and be responsible. People need to spay and neuter their pets, understand where their pets are coming from and be responsible owners by not abandoning their pets when life gets hard or changes. This is not a simple issue, it's complex and has a lot of steps; it will take time. As long as people are aware and being accountable for their actions, there can be change that does not interfere with our basic rights and the welfare of these companion animals.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that companion animals are a great asset to people and pet owners. however, in the united states, there is an overpopulation problem.
  • Opines that ending excessive pet breeding would be ideal until the over population of abandoned pets dwindled drastically.
  • Opines that it would help the overpopulation of companion animals to stop breeders and puppy mills altogether, but there are ways to minimize the millions of euthanized pets each year.
  • Opines that the responsibility of the overpopulation of companion animals is up to the public, the consumers who buy pets.
  • Opines that it's not just the government or people in charge of kennels and shelters, but also the public to educate and educate about the overpopulation of companion animals.
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