Does it mean that I’ve got a super kind heart when I adopt a pet that truly loves me?
Or do I buy apparent affection from an easily bribed animal which has no options in life to choose whom to show affection to? And what worth is the passive “love” of an animal compared to a love of an intelligent human who chooses to love you, rather than mindlessly treating you like a god? And isn’t it selfish weakness to want to take care of a helpless creatures just because it’s the next best thing to humans that I can’t get approval from, enslaving the animal, limiting my timetable and lifestyle around the animal’s needs, and bothering neighbors too with smell or noise or dangers?
Food for thought.