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originally posted by: Akragon
a reply to: TheJourney
People do tend to consider their animals as property...
There should be laws about "animal ownership"... And IF said laws are broken or you are found to be an unfit "owner"... said right should be revoked..
Its a privilege to have a pet... Not a right...
originally posted by: incoserv
I think it was CS Lewis wrote about the essence of the possessive:
- my boots
- my dog
- my wife
- my God
My dog does not mean the same as my boots.
My boots are something with no intrinsc moral value of their own. I can do whatever I please with my boots. I have no ethical or moral obligation to my boots.
My dog has a certain intrinsic moral ramification. It is a living being, and when I took possession of it, I accepted certain moral and ethical obligations. I see my dog as my possession, but not like I see my boots.
If I wish to teach my dog to sit or to heel or to fetch or roll over or hunt, I may do that. But I do not have an intrinsic moral right to abuse or mistreat my dog (whereas, if I abuse or mistreat my boots, there is no moral implication).
The idea of my wife takes many a step further from my boots and my dog. In terms of possession, there is an element of belonging to one another that is an intrinsic part of this relationship, and the burden of moral and ethical obligation is yet heavier.
However, I do not have the liberty to make demands of my wife as I would of my dog. My wife is a different order of being than my dog (or my boots, for that matter).
When I speak of my God, there is still an even greater gulf between the other three. If my God is n omniscient creator, then I am His creation and - in effect - His possession.
Depending on my theological construct, I may believe that my God may or may not have accepted some obligation on my behalf, but He is clearly not my possession.
This was written on-the-fly, late at night, on my cell phone, and over a hastily prepared tuna sandwich, so please be kind. [/I]
originally posted by: CraftBuilder
My cats are my children. Their well being and happiness is my greatest responsibility. It is the responsibility I assumed when I made the choice to be the one to adopt them.
originally posted by: Metallicus
I think you are getting caught up in semantics. The word "owner" is more about our legal rights in regards to a pet or livestock than anything else. You can beat the hell out of your car, but not your cat. However, no one can legally steal your car or your cat.