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What I Think Of The Book Marley And Me

Many years ago I read the book Marley And Me. I read it because I heard rave reviews about what a hilarious and touching story it was. However, I found it to be far from that: to me, Marley And Me was the story of clueless people who shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near dogs.

Irresponsible People

There’s nothing at all humorous about a dog who’s hanging by his collar out of a moving car. It's also not remotely amusing when a dog is so stir crazy from not getting enough exercise and attention that he repeatedly rips up the house.

Neither of those two scenarios give me anything to smile about. Quite the contrary: they make me really angry.

A Terrible Indictment On Our Society

That the consequences of irresponsible behaviour in Marley And Me are considered funny just goes to show how little dogs are valued in society.

Think about it: if an unseatbelted child had ended up hanging out the window of a fast-moving car by her neck, or acted out by tearing up the house, no one would be laughing. In the first instance people would want to see the parents' head on a platter, and in the second instance there would be a call to investigate the psychological health of the child. But because the individual in question is a dog rather than a child, the whole thing is seen as hilarious.

Books like Marley And Me that make light of people not caring properly for a dog are neither funny nor touching. And there's something wrong with a society that finds them to be so.

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Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance

It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.

Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.

Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.

Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.

Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.

If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.

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