Sorry Dog, my bad.

“Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery” – Wayne Dyer.  The documentary in class made me both enlightened and disheartened, as it has relieved me from the longing for the accompaniment of my loyal companions at home, but also disappointed at mankind in their selfishness in taking an animal out of the wild to claim as their own.  In essence, humans have made the wild dog extinct behavior wise.  As shown in the documentary, in the critical thinking experiment comparing wolves to dogs, canines are too dependent on humanity, losing patience and independence at the soonest possibility, relying on their masters for assistance.  It’s upsetting to know that we will never see the natural behavior of an animal because of a need for a companion to man.  What’s more upsetting about the domestication of dogs is the uses we come up with for them.  Objective art pieces at dog shows, gambling pieces at dog tracks, and even gladiators in illegal dog fights, these are all occupations that dogs are famous and infamous for as we cross breed and experiment on the amalgamations of this gene stew, even killing those who do not live up to the genetic code expected.  Though having these loyal subjects is nice, it gouges a hole in the pit of my stomach to think that I’ve mugged a piece of nature that can never be given back.

 

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2 thoughts on “Sorry Dog, my bad.

  1. This problem of robbing an animal of their wild heritage isn’t only for dogs and other pets but animals kept in zoos. I think it is important to keep animals in zoos due to the fact that many animals are hunted to extinction, these zoo animals are a small secure populations we can use to build up the gene pool again. But a cage is no way to live. It’s sad to see animals like cheetahs in areas too small for running. Why do you guys think?

  2. When I first read your opinion I thought it was kind of extreme, so I did a little research and read some articles you might find interesting. This one proposes that dogs might have “domesticated us” instead of the other way around: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/03/130302-dog-domestic-evolution-science-wolf-wolves-human/ and here is one that compares the quality of life between domestic and wild dogs: http://shibashake.com/dog/dogs-in-the-wild

    After reading through both of these I can understand where you’re coming from, although I’m still neutral and leaning towards siding with (responsible) humans on this one. I agree that the lives of domesticated dogs can go horribly wrong (dog fights, neglect, and abuse are inexcusable) but I also think that humans have greatly improved other aspects of the dog’s life (better health care, protection from being hunted, food and shelter, etc.)

    In conclusion, I believe that yes, there have been negatives to the domestication of dogs–health problems caused by inbreeding and the stifling of some natural tendencies, mainly–but I think there are enough benefits to it that everything balances out. Responsible humans provide their dogs with reliable sources of food and shelter, protection from parasites and other health issues that both domestic and wild dogs can suffer from, companionship, and fun.

    Anyway, there’s my opinion. I’m curious to see what others think!

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