The Negative Aspects Of Pet-Keepinging

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At this point, you might feel that I am exaggerating the negative aspects of pet-keeping. After all, pet-keeping is so common in North America. It is really part of the American culture. In fact, you mentioned how playing with your neighbor’s dog made you feel even more eager to adopt a pet yourself. This is exactly what the anthrozoologist, Herzog describes as a “meme” in his book Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat. A meme is essentially a “mental virus” that affects people in the culture where it originates from (Herzog 93). It basically means that “ideas and behaviors are contagious” and that people adopt pets by “imitation” (Herzog 93). While you might think that pet-keeping is universal across the world, it is not true. Even within the same country, your religious beliefs can change how likely you are to own a pet dog. Herzog illustrates this phenomenon using the example of Sri Lanka, a culturally diverse country. In Sri Lanka, “89% of Buddhist homes include a dog, as opposed to 4% of Muslim households” (Herzog 94). In essence, humans have the tendency to copy each other’s behavior and therefore, the environment you live in affects the way you do things. The idea that the societies we live in affects our beliefs is one of the central themes I studied in my course. A scholar named Berger coins this phenomenon “the social construction of reality” which essentially states that everything that we take for granted is derived from our culture. In essence, “there is an

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