Although Immanuel Kant proposes his reasoning that if humans are more caring and empathetic toward animals, that type of behavior can be reflected upon human relations with one another. However, it is important to stop directly thinking of what is good for humans and begin thinking of the purpose for animals in general.
In reference to Puppies, Pigs and People it is incredibly easy to say Fred should not have tortured puppies just to satisfy the pleasure of eating chocolate. We as humans are accustomed to having dogs as pets, guard dogs, or service animals for those with disabilities. In reality, we have created a closer connection to this specific type of animals. We are more tolerant to their behaviors among humans as well as the good old saying that dogs are a man’s best friend.
However, it is important to think out of the box. What if a person is not necessarily a cat or dog lover? What if they despise cats and dogs and would actually prefer rats as pets? Most of us are the opposite and despise rats. Therefore, most of us could care less if rats or other types of rodents are tested and eventually killed. But in reality, isn’t it all the same thing? Without inserting our personal preferences, shouldn’t we put dogs and rats in the same group without categorizing each to our own individual liking?
Are there really any differences between puppies and the variety of animals that are slaughtered everyday just so us as humans can satisfy our taste buds with an In-N-Out burger or a spicy chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A? I believe that what makes it easier is most of us who eat this animal product are unaware of how badly these animals really are mistreated. However, many of us who already know give justification to the fact that we are not the ones directly killing those animals, therefore it really isn’t all that bad.
According to Alastair Norcross, no matter what type of animal it is, we have a social responsibility to act upon all animals the same way most of us would act as dog or cat owners. Each animal serves a particular purpose. It is up to us to think objectively about animals as a whole. If we do not think it is right to mistreat one type of animal, then it should be the same case for all others without discrimination.