2015年3月14日托福独立写作题目：More and more people are spending money on their pets, even though there can be other good ways to spend money.
Pets are animals that afford people who keep them pleasure but at the same time rely on their owners for food and shelter. So the argument has been made that raising a pet is a luxury and money spent on pets could be better used for other aspects. However I believe that it is worth spending money on pets due to the fact that emotional gratification pet owners receive from their pets outweighs what spending on other things may bring.
Pets can drive off the loneliness of the old people and comfort them at times of sorrow. We humans are social creatures and naturally crave companionship, not to mention the old people who live alone. When human company is impossible, pets can substitute for the absence of those who are at a distance or have passed away. Pets can bring their masters comfort and pleasure and make them feel wanted. According to a medical research conducted by local health organization, people over 60 who raise a cat or a dog are less likely to suffer depressed disease than those who enjoy pet-free lives. What’s more, the research also shows that compared to others, the old pet owners go to see a doctor less frequently since they have to walk the pets regularly, which is beneficial to their physical fitness.
Taking care of pets affords children the opportunity to cultivate sense of responsibility. Nowadays it is not uncommon that parents ask their children to raise a pet in order to teach them to be responsible. Having realized what their pets need, children humanize them and spend time on food, treats, shelter, clothing, and medications and grooming. All these compensations enable children to be dependable and kind. Moreover, by treating pets as their family members, kids tend to understand their parents more and learn to share the responsibility of being a family member. They shower on their parents the love they have offered to their pets and receive affection in return. Therefore, raising a pet helps children to become responsible owing to the love, attention and devotion pet keeping calls for.
As to the working adults, pet keeping provides them a creative outlet for releasing pressure and tension. There is no doubt that people are pressured with tremendous amount of competition. The break-neck speed of modern life has taken away our peace of mind that has been necessary to enjoy a happy life. However, pets could bring us comfort and consolation. By feeding, walking, training and playing with pets, we may forget about the trouble and the difficulty. Thanks to their affection and companionship, we get well-prepared for future work and challenges.
In conclusion, although spending money on other aspects, like providing assistance to the poor and the needy is also encouraged, it is worthwhile and more rewarding to spend money on pets because the old people, children and working adults all benefit from pet keeping.
It has been publically recognized that pet has increasingly became one of the most essential parts of modern people’s life. Moreover, the relationship between human and domestic animals has its long history which could trace back to the prehistory period. Although populace’s lifestyle has changed drastically in the recent centuries, the function of domestic animals or pets has not changed much, in which, they are human’s friends and companion for all the time. With all aspects are carefully considered, I personally consent to the perspective that there are more and more people are spending money on their pet, even though there can be other good ways to spend money. My thesis could be circumstantiated by the following two reasons. First, spending money on pets could provide more chances to people. Second, spending money on pets could make their master healthier.
First of all, spending money on pets could offer more opportunities to other people. strangely but interestingly, the mass are tends to forget that the pets industry is also conducted by people, which means, the money which spend on pets would certainly current to people who work in this industry, by doing which, these investments on pets could create more opportunities to other people. For example, my father’s friend Mr. Wang established a pet funeral hall few years ago. With the increasing recognition of the notion that pets are also family members, more and more people are willing to spend couple thousand dollars to form a funeral for their dead pets. As a result, Mr. Wang’s little company expands and hires more employees, which number increase from less than ten people to fifty people in this year. Mr. Wang’s example is not exceptional, for a statistical research which implemented by a pets industry magazine indicates that in the last three years, in China, the investment which people spend on their pets has improved 550 percent, which has created 1.5 million job position to the mass. Although this study is not conducted by an institute, it is still not hard to claim that more people are benefiting from the expanding pet industry. Thus, spending money on pet could offer more opportunities to the public.
Secondly, despite the chances which have been created by people’s increasing investment, spending money on pets could also enhance their masters’ health. It is not hard to imagine that by raising a pet such as a dog, the master need to spend more time to do sport with their pets, compared with the people without pets. As my personal experience, my parents brought a dog six years ago, which requires two walk a day, one in morning and one is evening. The time our family members spend is approximately one and half hour per-day to walk with the dog. AS a result, we do not suffered from any major disease since then. Strangely, by exercising with our pets, both my parents and I are healthier than we used to be. Another statistics research states
With the rise of the middle class, more and more people spend money on things that are not essential to their daily needs. As the average wealth of households has increased, many trends have emerged. One trend that has appeared recently in my neighborhood is the increase in the amount of money people spend on their pets, and for me this is definitely the truth.
The reason why people spend too much money on their pets is because they believe their pets to be more than just animals. They assign to them many human characteristics. This does not mean that I do not like pets. I love pets. My father is a biologists and growing up our house was always filled with lots of strange and unique pets. Pets play a very important role in families and I think we should take care of animals. I love volunteering for the local animal shelter and helping find homes for stray pets. I like taking care of animals and I will be the first to help an animal in need. I do not, however, believe that we should treat pets like humans.
My neighbors, on the other hand, have a different opinion. They love their dogs, but I think they are a rather extreme when it comes to taking care of their dogs. For example, their dogs have their own feather beds that cost 300 dollars each. I think that’s how much all of the furniture in my bedroom costs! My neighbors claim that their dogs have back problems and that the dogs need these beds. I am not sure the dogs realize this, because last time I visited my neighbors I saw that the dogs had ripped a bunch of holes in these beds. Maybe humans think these dog beds are more comfortable, but I highly doubt that dogs know the difference between a several hundred dollar mattress and a ten dollar mattress. Buying these kinds of luxury items for pets is very silly.
Spending exorbitant amounts of money on one’s pet is not only pointless, but it’s also wasteful. It’s pointless because pets can’t determine the quality of an object. It’s wasteful, because there are so many better things on which to spend one’s money. Take for example the animal shelter. Rather than spending 300 dollars on a fancy mattress, my neighbors could have donated that money to the animal shelter. The animal shelter helps find pets homes and helps control the local animal population. Before the animal shelter was set up, my town was overrun with feral cats and stray dogs. Now, thanks to the shelter, those animals have been taken off the streets. If my neighbors loved animals so much, they would try and help as many as they could instead of wasting all of their money on their dogs.
I believe people today spend too much money on their pets. I love animals, but I believe there are better ways to spend one’s money. Spending a lot of money on pets is extravagant and senseless.
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