The Caged Kitty: RCole

William Wilberforce’s Abolition Speech highlights the feelings of anguish felt not only by the slaves tied to the slave trade, but also to those who observed the trade itself. Wilberforce argued that people working in the slave trade had to “dull” their emotions, or else they could not have continued to observe such atrocities. While a vast gap exists between humans and animals, I believe that I have felt a similar feeling with my cat Titus. While I am not saying that the slave trade in the 18th century compares closely with current day pets, I do find a correlation when looking at a creature caged and in distress.

When I first got Titus, he had a very emotional transition from the Humane Society to my apartment. This observation of a creature being confined against its will was almost heart shattering; especially since he was such a cute kitten. I can also see how humans would react like animals when caged and in terrifying conditions. This picture best shows the fear and anger in a caged animal’s eyes and I think links, in a sense, into the feelings of 18th century slaves.

It was only after he was released from his cat carrier that his mood improved tremendously, showing that a caged animal can become a welcomed member of almost any family. Interestingly, if you treat your pets nicely, offer them treats, and take them on drives every so often, their fear of the carrier is quickly replaced by a love of travel and adventure.

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