Pets for the Ethical Treatment of All Humans
Just a little humorous thinking about "who is exploiting whom" in out relationships with our dogs.
And about all those commercials with miserable looking dogs and cats that solicit our donations. Why not instead show happy adopted dogs and cats and encourage viewers to visit their local shelter and gain a companion to cherish ?
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Christmas Day I was sitting on my bed watching a figure skating program. It was cold (my house lacks central heat and the heat from the wood-stove doesn't reach my bedroom) , so I had blankets over my legs and lap and FoxTheWickedQueensland was draped across my lap under the covers. I'd invited her there in order to "exploit" her body warmth, but she had equally inserted herself under the covers to "exploit" my hands for chest and belly rubs.
So who is "exploiting" whom ?
She often wants to get under the covers at the start of cool to cold nights , and I'm glad to have her there where I can warm my feet against her. She almost always wants to come under and drape herself hard against me in the mornings. She solicits this if I haven't already raised the covers to invite her under.
Again I ask who is "using" whom ?
Now I think all my dogs would advocate that dogs should treat humans in an ethical manner and to "exploit" without harming.
So would they form PETAA = Pets for the Ethical Treatment of Anthropoid Apes or would it be PETAH = Pets for the Ethical Treatment of All Humans ? Could we run heart-wrenching commercials of dogless human misery with soulful music and voice-overs , soliciting donations of just $18 or $19 a month ?? "Your contribution will make a difference" (a difference to the lifestyle of my dogs and myself as CEO and CFO of this charity). And if we have to take in miserable dogless homeless humans, we will evaluate them and euthanize 99% of them, because really they are too far gone to be saved ?
It's now almost time for me to log off and go "exploit" my dogs. It's gonna be a really cold night tonight, so I may exploit more than one dog.
Goddess rest ye merry , gentle beings.