No Class Pets!

Topics: Hamster, Pet, Neutering Pages: 3 (917 words) Published: June 16, 2014
Imagine that you are a soft and adorable guinea pig that was born in a pet store from your captured parents. There, shoppers are banging on the cage window, trying to wake you up and see you running on your hamster wheel, and are screaming “Look! Cute piggy!” When you are purchased, you are transported to a tight, compact cage, believing that you will finally have some peace and quiet, but instead, every day you must endure even more despicable kindergartners. Now, when you were busy imagining that you were that poor guinea pig, you felt angry and mistreated, right? It is obvious that whether we should have classroom pets or not is a complex issue. While some may believe that class pets are beneficial in some ways, I feel that after researching both sides, it is clear that there should not be any class pets. There are many disadvantages of having a classroom pet. They will waste too much money and demand a lot of attention. One disadvantage of having a class pet is that pets aren’t for free. In fact, they’re very expensive! Guinea pigs may be small, but still have all the characteristics to be worthy of being called a “living thing.” So if one died, its death cannot be called “smaller” than a human death. Humans cannot underestimate animals because of size. Therefore, they must be fed and given all basic necessities daily, and need to be raised properly. According to “Does a Guinea Pig Belong in the Classroom?”: “A teacher must be very involved and dedicated to proper cavy care before the opposite becomes true.” A lack of these needs may result in a free, one-way trip into the void. Also, sick pets must visit the vet, like humans must go see the doctor. Pets die when they become very ill; we can’t overestimate them either! But then again, pet go to vet = $$$$$ = not very fun! Reproduction is also a problem. Andrea Mulder-Slater states in the ‘Cons’ section: “If you have a male and female hamster, rabbit, or fish, are you prepared for babies? Will you spay or...
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