What an interesting thread.
I to would find that bumper sticker offensive. Then again as a veggie I would find it offensive if it was about any animal. But even before I became veggie I would have been annoyed by it. Unfortunately many people have very little respect for anything other than human life. They seem to feel that because we have an opposable thumb etc we are an infinitely higher form of life, with the right to do as we like........... Sorry was off on one then
I have always loved cats and dogs and most other creatures. Not to happy with birds though - but like cat haters that's probably through ignorance.
I think historically cats have been hated and feared eg through their association with witches etc.
People don't realise that cats can be every bit as loyal and fun as a dog (when they chose to be
) but they also have intelligence and independence.
I found a baby pigeon once in a bus station. It has obviously fallen or been chucked out of its nest. I have to say the fact that I am not keen on birds and it was such an ugly little creature, I was reluctant to pick it up. But when I saw it struggling I had to help - of course I did. So I wrapped it in my scarf (where it promptly nodded off) and took it to work. One of my colleagues, who incidently loathes cats, said
"huh, you should have kicked it under a bus !"
I got the bird to a rescue centre where sadly it eventually died. But I took some comfort in that it died warm, peaceful and pain free.
I never truly got over that woman saying that. I just hope that when she is old and frail people don't treat her with the same contempt ! .... or maybe I hope they do ...