Persuasive Essay On Raising Pets

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Simin Ling
Professor Taylor Harrison
Rhetoric 105
23 April 2016
Raising pets helps kids to be considerate Have you ever had a pet? As we know, more and more families have pets in their homes nowadays regardless of which country. Data showed an estimated 82.5 million U.S. households own at least one pet in their home. The American Pet Products Association, which is also called APPA, claimed that pet ownership by household in the U.S. has risen from just 56% in 1988, when the first APPA National Pet Owners Survey was conducted, to 68% as of 2013-2014. And the number of pet ownerships is going up even more rapidly in recent years. Research shows full-year sales for famous pet store like PetSmart and PetMed Express have jumped 106% and 116%,
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This phenomenon is not a bad thing at all. Admittedly, even if the pet is only playing as the role of a playmate, it still has a positive influence towards a child’s development. “Loneliness is very dangerous to children,” Weil says. “Having an animal companion can make them feel a part of something.” The presence of an animal can significantly increase positive social behaviors among children with an autism spectrum disorder (O’Haire, 2013) No matter what the original intention parents have in their minds, kids always get to learn something useful from the relationship between them and pets. “Children often learn something more fundamental about themselves and the world: how to empathize with others, how to understand subtle feelings, and how to look at the world from a vastly different perspective.” written by Alex Lieber in the article A Living Education: Five Things Pets Teach Children. Lieber mentioned that raising pets teaches children about communication, empathy, nurturing skills, confidence, and resilience to

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