The ethical debate of keeping pets at home is a complex one. On one hand, it is our moral obligation to ensure that the biological and psychological needs of animals are met. This means that we should not use animals as objects, even if it would benefit us. In the case of domesticated animals, this means that we should not create more of them.
We have a responsibility to care for the rights holders that we already have. On the other hand, owning a pet is both unethical and essential in the world as it is today. Living with others is one of the most difficult and rewarding things a person can do, yet it is often misunderstood. A survey conducted earlier this year showed that many British pet owners love their pet more than their partner (12%), their children (9%) or their best friend (24%).
In the United States, pets are considered property, but 32 states, in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington DC, now include provisions for pets under orders to protect against domestic violence. The ethical debate of keeping pets at home is a difficult one to answer. It is clear that we have an obligation to care for the rights holders that we already have, but it is also essential to recognize the importance of having a pet in our lives. Ultimately, it is up to each individual to decide what is best for them and their pet.