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Would You Save Your Pet or a Stranger in a Flood?

Fef 2012/11/12 08:31:42
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  • thefatguy 2012/11/12 14:28:30
    My Pet
    thefatguy
    +7
    As usual, Fef, there should be an "Other" option. It depends. I have to say that my answer on this has changed. I used to believe that a human being, even a stranger, is infinitely of more worth than any animal, however loyal or loved a pet may be. It was a no-brainer that I would save the human. But, now I am less sure. Many human beings are more dangerous than my pet. My pet can't vote me into slavery. My pet wouldn't rob me or try to kill me. So, now I look at the question from the perspective of is it better to save a potentially dangerous animal (human) of greater inherent worth or a non-threatening animal of lesser inherent worth? I must say that I'm unsure now. The sad reality is that many humans do not deserve to be saved, especially because many end up needing to be saved due to their own foolish decisions whereas animals are more helpless and I expect less of their intelligence. I would consider many factors before I decided to act, including where I was, if I knew whether or not the person had accidentally fallen in the water and how the person looked.

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  • Cameron 2012/11/27 15:15:24
    My Pet
    Cameron
    Family always comes first.
  • Ari Greenberg 2012/11/17 01:55:36
    A Stranger
    Ari Greenberg
    A stranger duh, think about it this way, if you were the stranger would you want the person to save their pet or you. If you want them to save you, you better save them
  • Avi Rosen 2012/11/13 12:37:55
    My Pet
    Avi Rosen
    Don't really know, this is a human being after all.
  • sjalan 2012/11/13 12:03:59
    My Pet
    sjalan
    FAMILY would always come first. My pets, dogs cats etc are all part of my family. So yes they would come first over a stranger.
  • Classy And I Know It... 2012/11/13 07:20:28
  • Bronar 2012/11/13 03:02:10
    A Stranger
    Bronar
    Humans have family that care. don't get me wrong, I love my dog but a human life is worth more.
  • Romygirl 2012/11/12 23:59:40
    A Stranger
    Romygirl
    human life counts to me more than an animal, and I love all animals :)
  • Primaltare Romygirl 2012/11/13 01:44:13
    Primaltare
    Insects= Animals
    Rodents= Animals
    HUMANS= Animals
    Your argument is invalid.
  • Romygirl Primaltare 2012/11/13 13:05:28
    Romygirl
    come on, you exactly know what I mean, don´t be so fussy...:)
  • Primaltare Romygirl 2012/11/13 20:34:04 (edited)
    Primaltare
    Well honestly, no. I don't know if you're only counting those animals which we find cute and cuddly (dog, cat, horse, gorilla etc.) or every single animal that has lived on the planet (wasps, spiders, crabs, rats etc.) with the exception of humans.
  • edifyguy 2012/11/12 23:53:47
    A Stranger
    edifyguy
    +2
    Shame on anyone who would leave a human to die so they could save their animal! Shame, shame, shame!
  • Sing_it_Out 2012/11/12 23:50:52
    A Stranger
    Sing_it_Out
    +1
    As much as I've loved every pet I've had and no matter how much pain it would cause me to resist saving them, I would choose to save a human's life first. If someone were drowning and needed me to save them, I would let my pet go (most likely my pet would be able to swim to safety anyway). I could handle grieving for my pet, but leaving someone to drown would haunt me forever and cause grief to a lot of other people. Even if I don't know them, it's someone's child, sibling, parent...maybe all of the above. People would be grieving for their death and I would know that I could have stopped that from happening. And even if they were a horrible person, it's not for me to decide if they're worth it or not. Maybe a stranger saving their life would have an impact on them and change them.
  • kateisgod 2012/11/12 23:48:18
    My Pet
    kateisgod
    Both
  • Jaiheena Star 2012/11/12 23:34:53
  • Tiger Lily Jaiheen... 2012/11/21 04:26:25
    Tiger Lily
    dog can still drown and frequently do.
  • Frank 2012/11/12 23:32:57
    My Pet
    Frank
    +1
    I'd try to save them both, but my pet comes first. As far as I'm concerned he is my family........
  • Rob 2012/11/12 23:23:32
    My Pet
    Rob
    +3
    Sooner or later a neighbor will screw you over, but a pet will always be loyal.
  • Nat™ 2012/11/12 23:22:25
    My Pet
    Nat™
    Both actually. I got two arms.
  • ϟ Emma ϟ_♥loves♥supernatural♥ 2012/11/12 23:11:47 (edited)
    My Pet
    ϟ Emma ϟ_♥loves♥supernatural♥
    +3
    My pets are family to me!
    Congratulation to the man in the photos!
  • Primaltare 2012/11/12 23:04:14
    A Stranger
    Primaltare
    I have not a pet except for a fish.
  • Rob Primaltare 2012/11/12 23:21:49
    Rob
    +1
    He'd more likely be rescuing you in a flood.
  • Primaltare Rob 2012/11/13 01:43:42
    Primaltare
    I see your logic, but saving a "fish" during a flood? It's like saving someone indoors during a hurricane.
  • Jo 2012/11/12 23:00:47
    My Pet
    Jo
    +1
    I'd rescue my pet (peemo te cat) and then if possible I'd help the poor stranger :3
  • L1 2012/11/12 22:58:32
    My Pet
    L1
    +2
    They are family to me....
  • Jimmy 2012/11/12 22:48:47
    My Pet
    Jimmy
    +3
    "Today I save him, and tomorrow he saves me!" what a perfect quote. I'm sorry a stranger has never came to my rescue my dog has saved me several times. It's like he's still trying to pay me back for rescuing him but he doesn't realize it's me who owes him for protecting my family and I.
  • woodnymph 2012/11/12 22:48:15
    My Pet
    woodnymph
    +1
    They are my family, I'd save them before my friends too. Of course if I could I'd try to save the stranger as well but if not, my cats.
  • Trish 2012/11/12 22:43:05
    My Pet
    Trish
    +1
    My family member (Boomer) is way more important to me.
  • blindfaith 2012/11/12 22:34:45
    A Stranger
    blindfaith
    +1
    A stranger every time, animals can swim and know it, but not all humans can. If i put an animals life before that of a person, i couldn't live with myself if that person drowned.
  • Tiger Lily blindfaith 2012/11/21 04:28:17
    Tiger Lily
    Animals drown just like humans do and many do not know how either. Some species cannot swim all.
  • Mindy 2012/11/12 22:32:35
    A Stranger
    Mindy
    +1
    I was afraid this was going to be the question. i have to save the stranger, a human. But, if my dear pet didn't make it i'd be distraught. I sure would hope the stranger did something good with his life.
  • Deactivated 2012/11/12 22:31:05
    A Stranger
    Deactivated
    Much as I love animals, and have done all my life, if it came to a choice between the two I would have pick the person, though it would break my heart.
  • Jezebel 2012/11/12 22:24:53
    My Pet
    Jezebel
    +1
    My two cats are my EVERYTHING, as crazy-cat-lady as that may sound.
  • Kiki,Pixie,Worm 2012/11/12 22:10:12
    My Pet
    Kiki,Pixie,Worm
    Yeah xD!
  • Cortland 2012/11/12 21:54:13 (edited)
    My Pet
    Cortland
    +1
    I'd rescue a stranger too but my kitties take presidence over a stranger, unless it was a child.
  • P. Sturm 2012/11/12 21:47:34
    My Pet
    P. Sturm
    Both.
  • rustyshackelford 2012/11/12 21:40:41
  • william.turner 2012/11/12 21:37:58
    A Stranger
    william.turner
    +2
    If he were conservative that is. I see enough Conservatives drowning already. Time to save them. But I don't have any pets to be fair.
  • Skylie 2012/11/12 21:25:55
    My Pet
    Skylie
    Imo, the value of life is psychological, not physical. The lives of the members of my clan (chosen family) are of more importance to me than the lives of others. My pets are part of my clan, and as such, I would save them before I would a stranger. The exception being if that stranger happened to be a child. This doesn't mean that I would not attempt to save a stranger (I would, in fact I have no doubt I'd risk my life to, if I knew my clan was out of harms way), it just means that they would not be top priority...and I would not expect anyone else to save my life over a member of their clan either.
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/11/12 21:20:24
    My Pet
    MOMMA THOMAS
    +1
    MY PET AND ANYONE ELSE I'D BE ABLE TO HELP. ...GREAT GRANDMA
  • Bacci 2012/11/12 21:19:02
    A Stranger
    Bacci
    +1
    I love animals I do, I love my pets dearly I do, but if it were one or the other, a human's life would come first. Hopefully, I could save both.

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