Wednesday 24 January 2018

Our politicians might learn about moral courage by taking better care of animals

'Cats, in particular, can teach us how to relax, they are masters at it. And having a dog gets you outdoors in all weather. But above all, pet ownership teaches our children to have respect for animals' Photo: Depositphotos
'Cats, in particular, can teach us how to relax, they are masters at it. And having a dog gets you outdoors in all weather. But above all, pet ownership teaches our children to have respect for animals' Photo: Depositphotos

Barbara Scully

I have four cats. I also have three daughters, all of whom are grand young women. Their achievements are all their own but the one thing I think I can claim some credit for is the fact that they are all animal lovers.

They have lived with cats all their lives and have learned from their earliest days that animals have to be respected and cared for. They have learnt that animals are not merely for our entertainment but are part of our family. Not equal, obviously, but an important part of our household nonetheless.

My eldest now lives in Australia, where she is repeating a pattern of cat ownership which runs down the matriarchal line of my family.

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