It is no secret that comedian Sarah Silverman can stir up her fair share of controversy, but her most recent comments about adoption have hit a nerve with some people. Although her analogy might strike some as harsh, some might agree that she has a point.
During an appearance on “The Conversation with Amanda De Cadenet” Sarah Silverman, who hopes to adopt in the future in a bid to avoid passing on her own problems with depression to a child, explained:
“We live in Los Angeles, where everybody is like, ‘Don’t get your dog from a breeder, get your dog from a shelter…’ and I agree, but don’t get your people from a breeder. There are human puppies in shelters and it’s odd that that never seems to be a connection that people make.”
“If you’re not OK with yourself… it’s easier to love a dog than a person in need because you don’t see all the things you hate about yourself reflected back in the eyes of a dog. If Africa was full of springer spaniels dying of AIDS and starvation we’d probably take care of it in a day.”
I see what she is saying with her comparison and I have often thought the same thing. It has always baffled me how little attention some people pay to children in need. Don’t get me wrong, I love animals. I have a dog and two cats, one rescued from a farm. However, I will certainly go on record saying I love children more.
While most people understand that adopting a child is far more work than adopting a dog, more ads and publicity should be brought to the countless kids in foster care. There are hundreds of animal shelter ads that air regularly and bring a tear to our eyes. Yet where are the ads that reflect the number of children abandoned and growing up in our public care systems? Where are the the statistics that highlight the level of abuse many of these kids will face when bounced from one foster home to another.
I have heard people make the argument that adopting a child is taking on too much risk. As if they will all surely come too damaged to handle. Yet people will adopt an abused dog for the specific reason of rehabilitation. Is it just too much work to rehabilitate and nurture a child? I guess that is a decision that each person would have to make. I think I personally would be up for the challenge.
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