To begin; this stamp is NOT to be taken LITERALLY! It’s a figurative statement, I know people don’t literally look at animals and confuse them like Disney Animals.
We all know that, when it comes to Disney, there are lots of animals that are personified or morphed into anthropomorphic beings that act a lot like humans and know how to cook, or build houses, or sow, etc, etc. There is nothing wrong with this, of course. Disney often makes cartoon-related or fictional movies and TV shows, and in the world of fiction there is nothing wrong in making an animal have human-traits or have thoughts much like that of a human’s. However, I’ve noticed that with some people (often those on the extreme side of animal activists, or at least those who claim to be) they tend to treat animals or give animals in reality human-like thoughts.
What I mean by this is that some people treat animals a little more like people, and often will then attempt to defend certain actions or look are certain tricks, abilities, etc, etc and claim them to be human-based. A good example of this could be wolves. We all know that wolves are a type of canine, wild, found in numerous places in the world, and function with a pack mentality. However, some people, when thinking about the idea of “pack mentality” with wolves, tend to assume or talk about them as if they were a “loving family”. This is what I mean; they are now humanizing or “disneyfying” the animal because of a trait they feel is human-related.
Yes wolves do live in a pack and work together, but they don’t do this because they love each other or want to “help” each other like a family for reasons other then survival. This is actually an innate ability. They work as a pack because alone, wolves aren’t entirely strong. Without a pack, a single wolf would have a challenging time surviving, and thus it is only beneficial they work with more then one. They do not do this because they love each other, it’s all for survival and survival alone (though there have been wolves that hunt alone, but then we get into more complicated areas and special incidents).
This often happens with lots of animals; sometimes even with the reverse as well. Some people may look at a crocodile and see it as a vicious, man-eating creature that’s dangerous, nasty, and cruel because in some movies they’re made out to be the villain. But people tend to ignore, or don’t even realize that some species of crocodiles or perhaps all, have been known to watch over, guard and lead infant crocodiles that are not even their own child from one source of water to another. Now this does not mean that the crocodile becomes officially harmless, it’s still dangerous to go near and should not be kept as a pet or treated otherwise because of this trait. But it shows that people who may treat an animal a certain way due to giving it human-based characteristics are often wrong and either make out the animal to be “too good” (e.g. making a deer or wolf sound perfectly harmless and sweet) or “too evil” (e.g. crocodiles and sharks depicted as cruel monsters).
Another form of Disneyfying an animal is when some people may also not only give the animal human characteristics, but also give them the ability to think or feel emotions of the same magnitude as a human. Yes animals do feel some hints of emotions that is true. But animals do not have the same wiring in our brains; to begin they have no sense of rational thought or morals; including not all animals expresses the same emotions. Numerous insects and arachnids for example likely do not know the concept of love or love for their child, because with some insects and arachnids they die after laying their eggs, and may even kill their mate after sexual intercourse. Plus not all animals have ONE mate; many will have numerous mates in their life time. Some species of birds, like cuckoos, also do not likely know the concept of love for their child as they lay their eggs in the nest of other birds for those birds to raise the egg.
So yes, animals do feel emotions, but not the wide variety we feel, nor at the same magnitude. If this was the case, every animal would have only one mate to love, express problems in killing other animals, and express many emotions such as jealousy.
All I am trying to say in the end is that animals are not like humans. They may show traits or emotions similar to our own, but they likely are not the same as a human’s. What makes us human is the fact that we have a special, advanced brain that allows us to think, create and feel a variety of emotions that other animals could not think or feel.
So please, when you see an animal acting a certain way or doing something in a certain manner, don’t instantly “Disneyfy” the animal and give it a human trait. I suggest you look into the animal’s behaviors and traits, for you may learn it is a survival technique or serves a purpose for the animal’s survival, mating, dominance over others, etc, etc.
(If anyone wishes to contribute to this in anyway feel free to do so!)
Put a human in the wild. They won't act like a "human" then. Humans are animals too (even though some people try and deny it). We're all animals and we're all equal. And we're more alike than you think.
Can't tell how much I agree with this stamp, I have an aunt that also Disneyfys aka humanizes her pet chihuahua; buying it dresses, taking it to massage parlors and getting it's nails done. She treats that dog better than her own grown daughter, just because that dog got lost for a month, she feels it's suffering from PTSD, she says she knows this because she Googled it . Funny because my cat Jarvis was abused as a kitten by almost drowning by it's previous owner for just being a black cat, but you'd never think he went through anything if you saw him out there with me in the mountains. Happiest creature in the world and very affectionate. Animals don't have the same perceptions of memory like we do, they live mostly in the present. He knows he's cared for and loved and that's really all it could ask for. I honestly think this whole humanized animal thing has become a cultural mental illness, and the PETA hasn't helped matters at all. It's fine and dandy to respect animals, treat them well and love them, but let's not kid ourselves and say they're human beings with fur.
Why haven't I found this stamp sooner? This needs to be spread more. This book that I'm currently reading and in love with right now, The Culture Clash, addresses the "Disney issue" right off the bat in regards to dog behavior and training. By giving animals the ability of human thought and a moral conscience you are only setting them up for failure, and this has led to so many pet owners thinking their pets were failures or purposefully doing things wrong just to spite them. More unneeded abuse or scolding for that poor pet when they really needed love and to be taught the "right" thing to do! As a furry I love anthropomorphic animals as much as the next person, but people get into thinking animals are like us too much and don't realize that REAL animals simply aren't the same. They aren't human-like, except where basic behaviors are concerned. Though I do think animals express more than just a hint of emotions (I've watched ducks and geese on the lake form bonds that last 'till one of them dies with complete loyalty and shows of affection that literally are just that...like a mallard male doing a certain thing with his wings. It may look like preening, but it actually serves no preening function, and they only do it in the presence of their mate. My dog was absolutely depressed when his only canine companion died -and of all horrible timing, we left for a 10 day vacation the next day that was planned months in advance...oiye!-, and then was very overjoyed when we returned and he realized he wasn't abandoned anymore...emotional responses and rewards in our brains are a good way to ensure species survival by using techniques that help our species, after all...or conversely feeling bad when we do something that would hinder our survival, like abandoning or otherwise not caring for a pack mate or whatever).