Regardless of how you feel about other people’s pets, whether they’re rats or snakes or spiders or lizards or whatever else, don’t be a dick. Do not make jokes about killing them, do not comment on how disgusting they are and do not act like the animal is a contagious disease that you need to get away from. These are our beloved pets. You wouldn’t like it if someone treated your pets like that, so please don’t do it to ours just because they’re a little bit different.
Just because animals do not speak in our human languages does not mean they do not have thoughts, feelings, aspirations. It does not mean that they are less than you. It does not mean that they do not matter. It does not mean they are here for your amusement, your use, or your consumption.
This has been a PSA.