What would you do?
August 26, 2006 10 Comments
I have never been a ‘dog-person.’ As a child we mostly had cats and we all grew pretty attached to them and were saddened when they either died, ran away or were killed by our mother’s carelessness behind the wheel (ok it only happened once). We did have a dog who we creatively named, “Spot.” He was a stray who we took in, but after several attempts to get to China in our backyard our dad got rid of Spot.
I have seen the fanaticism and downright idolatry (can I say that?) that some dog owners have towards their animals (yes they’re animals not people). This is mostly an American phenomenon, for in my native Mexico this doesn’t happen. The majority of people are too busy worshipping the Virgin Mary and thus dogs are ignored as objects of worship.
I’ve wanted to take a one question survey of American dog-owners in which the following question was asked:
“If you had a choice between the immediate death of your dog or a person who was a total stranger, who would you choose?”
I would like to think, in my idealism, that most dog owners would understand that human life is far more valuable than animal life and thus choose the immediate death of the dog. However I have a sneaking suspicion that a majority would choose the total stranger to perish instead of their dog.
If this is the case (again, I’m not sure since I haven’t taken the survey) what does this say of a society such as this one? A society which values animal life more than it does human life?