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This studio is either to support animal welfare, or deride humanity.
Humans don’t understand animals well, so we assume things about them that are not necessarily true. This is an issue we need to acknowledge. We do this because it is in our human nature to preconceive ideas and beliefs from the things we don’t understand. This includes the way other animals think. This leads to humans being irresponsible when caring for pets or livestock. Having different brain structure, animals think differently from us. That does not, however, mean that they are inferior to us. This just means we, as humans, need to keep in mind that when caring for a creature we must accept human brains are different compared to other animals’ brains and visa versa.
Where to start...Humans are a disgrace. Let’s start with that. Many people in this world, you and I likely included, are almost completely oblivious to the incredible intelectual abilities of non-human animals. Now this may start to sound like a familiar beginning to a stale nature documentary, but it’s out of all honesty. Humans have only reached the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the minds of animals. But as stubborn and haughty our species is, we fail to make revelations with such animals. After having the opportunity to volunteer at a local animal rescue for eight years now, and having a one track mind for creatures and a few other things, I have become aware of the poor relationship humans have with their beloved pets and livestock. We often overlook their intelligence and abilities, assume a certain behavior is either positive or negative, and label animals as over all less than. Just because it is difficult for one to understand a different species doesn’t mean that other species are all soulless or inferior. Many people still believe humans are the dominant race and that we deserve more than other animals. But what does that really mean? We “deserve” to rule over all other creatures? I bet that squirrel you saw leap across a fence yesterday doesn’t believe you rule them. Eat them, maybe. But rule them? Nature isn’t some monarchy. It is a selective system caused by pure chance. You can argue differently, but that squirrel still won’t bow down to you. So we, as humans, have no real right to act as gods compared to other creatures. And if we are going to go about “owning” them, then let’s do it right. First, call it caring for a pet, not owning a pet. Would you like someone owning you? I bet not. And so why would a creature like that? You can be their guardian, but not their owner. An owner is what you call someone you owns property and objects. Living things with a conscience are not objects. Next, read up on the latest studies regarding animal care. This will help keep you updated on how to care for a creature the best way. There is so much more you can do to to be a responsible pet caretaker, but one of the most important things to do is to stay attuned to animals. Animals think differently than humans do, but if you can find patterns in behavior and settle hints of expression, then you can form a somewhat solid understanding of an animal. But always keep in mind that animals think differently then you and I. However, there are many similarities as well, which allow us to connect to the differences (which can be a good or bad thing).
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Topics to discuss:
•Wild animals being kept as pets
•Bull fighting and other blood sports
•What pets are okay for children to care for, and what pets aren’t?
•Climate change and mass extinctions
•Why or why not eat meat?
•Hunting and game
•Animal rights and welfare
•Custody, ownership and captivity
•Kill shelters and puppy mills
List of suggested sources:
•Animals make is human (book)
•Animals in translation (book)
•local animal rescues and sanctuaries in your area
•(tell me if you have more)