We know more about the nature of animals than ever before. Pet companions are beneficial to our well-being, which is all the more reason to be proactive about protecting them.
Education is key, but if parents set a bad example and fail to understand compassion, how can their children learn to be kind? The recent fiasco over a cat accused of scratching a five-year-old is a perfect example (“Fur flies in city over feline in quarantine for scratching boy”, October 11).
By making such a fuss, the parent will not instil a love of cats in her son. Parents who show their dislike of companion animals perpetuate such behaviour, teaching their children to be fearful of animals instead of loving them.