They are only dogs, after all. I see people looking at me with the expression: ‘you should really find a better cause, there is so much pain and injustice in the world’. I volunteer for and support animal charities because I get on better with animals than with many people, because they have very little choice and can’t help themselves, because it’s usually people who cause pain and because, as Jeremy Bentham, the father of utilitarianism said: ‘The question is not, Can they reason? nor Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?’
Any change to make the world slightly better is to be celebrated, not frowned upon. So, before we criticise someone else’s choices it’s good to ask ourselves: ‘what have I done to justify my existence?’. I can’t save the world, eradicate poverty, stop all the wars or find cure for cancer. So don’t judge me too harshly when I just go on quietly helping one broken dog at a time.