Everyone loves pets, but is there a “one pet for all”?

Pets are a big part of everyday life for lots of people. Popular pets are often considered to have attractive appearances, intelligence, and relatable personalities; however, all these characteristics are strongly subjective, and for this reason, people often get into arguments, claiming their preference to be the golden standard.

According to a survey promoted by Italian family associations in 2009, it is estimated that there are approximately 45 million pets in Italy. This includes 7 million dogs, 7.5 million cats, 16 million fish, 12 million birds, and 10 million snakes. This goes to show that cats and dogs don’t, actually, have absolute supremacy over the pet market, and they have just established themselves in the collective imagination.

Nevertheless, it is worth considering why someone would want to own a pet in the first place, as there are many kinds of animals that can be owned and cared for. From the common cats and dogs to more unusual or exotic ones, such as insects, and arachnids, something all these different animals have in common is that by caring for them, we can see them grow up and thrive, while at the same time we get more attached to them, almost feeling a sense of proudness of them, as you would by raising a baby, they become a family member. Maybe, this is an intrinsic characteristic we humans have developed during evolution and has now become a need to care for another living being in an instinctive way.

We’ve been keeping animals since the most ancient times, and this tendency of ours, doesn’t seem to be in the process of fading away in the slightest, but this might just be what we need to realise that humans are a part of the environment like all other creatures. So, in some way, spending time with any kind of animal might make us more “human” in a certain sense. If this proves to be true, then why don’t we all stop arguing and enjoy nature together?

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Gianluca La Rocca


4°B Liceo Linguistico Enrico Medi Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto

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