Animal Scene - - ADVOCATE -

Peo­ple tend not to sup­port spay­ing and neutering be­cause of the an­thro­po­mor­phic de­sires at­trib­uted to an­i­mals: we think that they have emo­tional pref­er­ences about re­pro­duc­tion.

Want­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence the joys of mother­hood, es­pe­cially bear­ing some­one of your flesh and blood, is a highly emo­tional de­sire — a very hu­man de­sire. But, while an­i­mals do care for their young, it does not nec­es­sar­ily mean they have an emo­tional de­sire to bear off­spring.

An­thro­po­mor­phism con­trib­utes to the ris­ing num­ber of cats and dogs left in dis­tress due to their over­pop­u­la­tion. Ac­cord­ing to on­line statis­tics from the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals, ap­prox­i­mately 1.5 mil­lion healthy an­i­mals are eu­th­a­nized in the US alone. A sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of cats and dogs are also home­less, mak­ing them sus­cep­ti­ble to an­i­mal cru­elty, ac­ci­dents, and dis­eases.

Spay­ing is one of the best tools against an­i­mal cru­elty. Risk­ing the lives of mil­lions of oth­ers be­cause we at­tribute to a stray the hu­man de­sire to bear off­spring is a neg­a­tive re­sult of an­thro­po­mor­phism.

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