The Slave We Know

Guide dogs always look so sad.

Why?

Is it because they are born in to a life of servitude?

I find it funny how animal rights activists will fight for animals who are treated unfairly, or abandoned but they never seem to say much about the animals that are conscripted to a life of service without a say in the matter. They have their free will stripped away without a second thought and that’s ok, they are born in to slavery but again that’s ok because it’s for the greater good.

The greater good, now that is an interesting term.

Who decides what acts are deemed worthy of the benevolent title that is linked to the greater good? Because from where I’m sat the greater good is a very subjective thing. We can enslave animals because it helps a human, yet no one sees this as wrong. Not even the animal rights activists seem concerned, perhaps it’s because the animals in question will have ‘good’ lives, but what is to say that’s what the animal wanted? Who are we to define what is good for them and what isn’t? If this was a human slave then there would be an uprising because we have the right to choose, but on that same token doesn’t everything have that right?

A young lady reads over my shoulder and decided to give me this answer:

“But they are bread for that purpose, they don’t know any different.”

My reply:

“… If that is the case why can’t humans be bread for the same reasons”

She turned back to her coffee in defeat. We seem to choose what is ‘right’ based on our needs, but that doesn’t mean it’s right for anyone else except us…

The next time you look at a guide dog I ask you to stare in to it’s eyes, you will see a sorrow that can’t be explained. It’s a breath taking sight.

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