Why do they “love” only those who can be eaten?
City and village people sometimes can not understand each other. One of the stumbling blocks is the attitude towards animals.
Struggle between town and village?
The “urban” people are horrified that the life of a dog costs less than the life of a chicken, and the “village” ones cannot understand why Bobik needs a personal hairdresser.
However, the division into "city" and "village" is very arbitrary. It's not about the place of residence. Moreover, this applies not only to Belarus and not only to the post-Soviet space - that is, the reason is not in the mentality. The logical question is: what then? Spoiler: definitely not in love ...
Psychologist Abraham Maslow once built a pyramid of our needs, distributing them from the bottom to the top. If the “lower”, basic needs (breathing, hunger, thirst, some kind of home, personal security) are not satisfied, there can be no talk of the upper ones.
Can you, for example, enjoy a fascinating conversation if you crave a toilet? And is it really up to the play or book if the fire alarm went off? Hardly.
Cows, hens and pigs satisfy exactly the basic needs - for food (the very base of the pyramid). Dogs and cats satisfy our need for love and recognition (third and fourth level).
If we have where to live, and in the refrigerator there is at least something other than a hanging mouse, so not only today, but tomorrow you will not have to starve, we can afford such a luxury. But if we draw water from a well 200 meters from the house, and the toilet resembles a birdhouse, then most people don’t have fat.
In addition, a cow or a goat costs decent money and generates income. This is also valuable at a basic level. And cats and dogs - not elite, but simple - an overabundance.
And if you don’t have sentiments, it’s clear who you will take care of with more enthusiasm.
Does this mean that a cow, a pig or a chicken is loved? Not at all. They are used - and when the benefit of these animals becomes less than the cost of them, they kill, not tormented by remorse. This is definitely not about love.
And how are they?
In those countries where the standard of living is growing and it becomes possible to stably meet the needs of "higher rank", the attitude towards animals as a whole is changing. They can afford it.
It doesn’t matter where you live: in the city or in the village. If in some, even the most seedy, village in England or Sweden, the neighbors see that your dog spends time on the chain or eats what the pigs have not eaten, they will snare you at the police. And you're lucky if you get off with a not-so-large fine. But even a hundred years ago everything was almost like ours in this sense.
Who knows: it’s possible, and this is a bright time, when the rights of animals will not be an empty phrase, not far off ...