The division between animal and pet is very artificial and culture-based. In some parts of Asia dogs are animals, because theyre food. In Polish language a different word applies to the death of a human (zmar died) and an animal/pet (zdech dropped dead). Language allows us to feel safe in the world if were able to name something, we know it, hence have no reason to be afraid of it. When something is unknown hence has no name or classification its something to be afraid of or, in the case of animals, ignore. Well never be able to fully understand them, as they never allow to be fully understood. They dont want to get to know us, spend time with us or simply like us, and quite frankly, its hard to blame them.
William S. Burroughs was right in claiming that language is a virus from outer space. The language that we speak also influences our morality. Julie Sedivys article in Scientific American shows how peoples perception of events changes when the events are presented in a foreign language generally, people tend to be less moral. Since no one speaks animal, its safe to assume that morality must be actually foreign to animals. If that is the case, why should we even care?
In her book,Status Moralny Zwierzt (Moral Status of Animals), Urszula Zarosa introduces the idea of potential sensing referring to not only animals or pets, but people whore in a comatose state, little kids and the elderly so those who lack a fully-formed conscience. Theres just no way to differentiate between all of those living beings, so why should they be treated differently? Animals have no obligations towards humans and vice versa. The best thing we could do for them is to simply let them be and accept them for who not what they are. What we call them shouldnt be important, as opposed to what they feel.