A bird with a broken wing is not a three-legged dog.


David Ryan

David Ryan is a boat builder and USCG licensed master captain. He is the owner of Sailing Montauk and skipper of Montauk''s charter sailing catamaran MON TIKI You can follow him on Twitter @CaptDavidRyan

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  1. Avatar kenB says:

    And yet, would the bird consider a painful and struggling existence life still preferable to no life at all? Animals in that sort of situation generally still do everything they can to stay alive, though presumably that’s “just” instinct and not the result of examined preferences.

    As a cat owner who’s also an animal sympathizer in general, I have to ponder this question (and act or not act on my decision) way more often than I’d like.Report

  2. Avatar KatherineMW says:

    The major difference between them is that three-legged dog is someone’s pet, so they take care of it. If it was a wild animal like the seagull, it would probably die fairly quickly.

    On the other hand, you can’t “heal” a three-legged dog, whereas someone who wanted a big project and had some veterinary skills might be able to take the seagull home, splint its wing, and let it go when it got better. It’s not as though there’s a shortage of seagulls, though.Report