I care, a lot. Children have a hard enough time in this world gaining a foothold in terms of their human rights and being afforded simple respect, even in “first world” countries like ours. Animals being elevated to their status means children are lowered to theirs. Adjacently, animal ownership has been for decades under attack by the animal rights movement, which seeks to legally bestow “personhood” on animals, meaning members of the movement could “be their voice” and wrest control of other people’s property (yes, animals are property, and far from denigrating them, being property is what gives them protection and worth. But that’s another article.)
Yes, in private I say to my dog “mama is gonna take you for a walk” and I tell the cat “come here, my little baby” and announce “Daddy’s home!” to all living things at large in the house when my husband comes home from work.
But people who have actually considered the issue, have applied their intelligence, judgment, and values to the topic, and still come out in support of equating animal life with human life – these people are supporting and perpetuating something pernicious and fundamentally morally wrong.
A contributing writer for The Cavalry Group, Eva Hughes is a wife and mother, lifelong New Yorker, former carriage driver and former VP of the Horse and Carriage Association of New York.