I can't tell you how many times people have tried to empathize by comparing my loss to their loss of a pet.
PETS ARE NOT PEOPLE.
I don't care how much you "love" your cat/dog/parakeet/hamster/horse, it is not the same as carrying a child for 9 months, holding them in your arms almost every minute for 3 months and then watching them die. Dealing with bereaved siblings who wonder "am I still a big sister", blaming yourself, questioning the very existence of God - it's not the same.
Don't tell me that your dog has cancer.
I don't care.
Don't show me pictures of a kitten that will "die unless someone adopts them by midnight."
I don't care.
Don't tell me that you are a "pet parent"
It's not the same.
I've grown up with pets my whole life. I had dogs, cats, fish, rabbits and even a squirrel for a few weeks.
Yes, they can bring comfort and companionship.
Yes, they play a special role in your life.
No, I don't hate animals.
No, I don't approve of animal cruelty.
I will support people causes over animal causes EVERY TIME.
As long as it's legal to kill a child in their mother's womb;
As long as SIDS is unexplained;
As long as there are children dying of starvation;
As long as there are children being molested;
As long as there are children being abused;
As long as there are battered women;
As long as there is poverty;
As long as there is injustice;
As long as there is hatred;
As long as there is racism;
As long as there is cancer;
As long as there are people.
PS: Every cause needs it's champion - I'm glad that there are people who are passionate about animals. Because I'm not.
Just don't confuse your animal with my precious son.