Science & Technology 15

TOPIC

Pet robots vs. pet animals

(上記TOPIC、英語で意見を論理的に述べる技術とトレーニング第7章より引用)

Essay

 Some people may prefer pet robots to pet animals, but I really prefer pet animals to pet robots.
 The first reason is that they can be good companions for people. Many pet dogs are making a living just by showing affection to people. This fact shows that they can be really good companions for people.
 The second reason is that they calm us. Some research has proved that pet owners live longer lives. That is one reason that they allow dogs and cats into nursing homes.
 The third reason is that taking care of animals leads to the development of people’s character. Taking care of animals can even help reform juvenile delinquents.
 The final reason is that pets can teach the importance of life to people, especially to children. I am afraid that pet robots may lead people to belittle the importance of life because pet robots do not have life and they are much easier to throw away. However, on the contrary, pet animals teach the importance of life to people.
 As I mentioned, for the aforesaid four reasons, I really prefer pet animals to pet robots.

メモ

トピックは動物のペット対ロボットのペットです。
たしか、日米口語辞典に書いてあったと思ったのですが、アメリカ人は生まれ変わったら犬になりたいという人が多いらしいです。
アメリカでは犬は働かなくても楽して生きていける動物という認識があると書いてありました。
3番目の理由は昔、世界仰天ニュースで、少年院の非行少年が盲導犬を飼育することで更生した、というのをやっていたので、理由として使ってみました。