nonsensicallytacet asked: What is your opinion on keeping pets? I understand that it is better to get animals like cats, dogs, and rabbits from animal shelters as opposed to pet stores or breeders. However, what about animals such as small rodents, fish, reptiles, etc? Thanks! :)
I think having pets is mainly about the pleasure of the person and I think breeding animals just for that purpose is wrong. Adoption however is mainly about saving animals, that’s why we should always adopt animals in need, not buy those that are bred for the benefit of people. There are a lot of rodents, reptiles or even fish that need homes and a lot of organizations that specialize in adoption of those animals. So if you really want to give home to any of these animals please look for those in need. Also, I think keeping “exotic pets” is problematic because they are not domesticated and they need certain living conditions. Keeping them in the best terrarium you can get, with the right temperature and everything still results in a really tiny living space. Also feeding animals like snakes is really problematic. Ultimately I think we should aim to stop breeding (or capturing) animals just to take them to our homes, but as long as there are animals that would not survive without the help of people it is our responsibility to take care of them.