I wasn’t terribly impressed with Father John Flynn’s commentary “For the Love of Pets.” In the Christian tradition, affection and respect for animals has been considered a sign of sanctity. Cruelty to animals is widespread in the world, and too many human beings have abandoned their God-given responsibilities as stewards of animals.
That’s not to say that some individuals don’t take affection for pets to extremes. Cloning pets, personhood initiatives, excessive expenditures for funerals–all speak to the great emptiness in human beings: loneliness.
In other words, if animals become persons, human persons become animals.
I don’t think so.
Many animal-obsessed persons turn to pets for a variety of reasons, most having to do with circling themselves with a degree of emotional safety and comfort. I hardly think that such people are out to place their entire species in subservience to others. We could do a lot worse than to support efforts to moderate the cruelties of the world. To both people and animals.