Opinion: Should Animals be in Captivity?


Is it just to keep them on a leash? --Photo byFransiskus Filbert Mangundap on Unsplash

I love animals. Their individual beauty, their innocence, their unconditional love.

They are creatures who honor their true nature. There is no air of pretense, they are who they are. Unlike humans, they are not equipped with the ability to lie, cheat, or hate.

As a child, we had dogs and cats among other livestock animals. Back in South America, dogs live in the yard exclusively and rarely come into a house. Though all creatures are smart, cats are a bit different. They prove themselves to be cunning and wily, run rings around their humans, and certainly have a mind of their own. Back there some cats sleep indoors but are always free to come and go. I think some cats have the best of both worlds.

When I began to become aware of animals being in cages and/or being stuck in situations from which they cannot escape, it made me feel some sadness. It's as if I can feel their soul and the sadness they feel. You can sense their sadness when you look into the eyes of animals in cages.

For me, even dogs and cats are stuck inside a home where they cannot come and go as they, please. I believe it is especially disturbing for those animals living in apartments when they live in a tiny space. It is somewhat okay when they have some outdoor space in which they can run and play, especially if that home is outfitted with a doggie door. In that case, they are okay.

I briefly stayed in an apartment building on the 9th floor. Across the hall the owners had a bulldog, they walked him once a day otherwise he would be stuck in a tiny apartment the other 23 hours. And when someone visited, he was placed in a tiny cage -- how could this level of confinement and inactivity be good for anyone including an animal that was created to be free and run wild.

I could come and go freely and I felt locked up staying in that small apartment, I felt like I was losing my mind. I simply cannot live that way and I wonder about the disservice we do to animals when we bring them into captivity as a way of life.

If we would not be happy or live our best lives in captivity, why do we suppose animals are happy being domesticated when they were created to live outdoors and be free?


Please share your thoughts, what do you think of the ways we domesticate animals for our selfish purposes?

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