A month back, I found a street cat which I started giving food and water too day by day, and yesterday, on a walk to the gym, I found a bird on the middle of the road. The bird had dust all over it's face, and could not seem to fly. I knew a place where food and water was kept which was a small walking distance from where I found the bird. I picked the bird up and brought it there.
In reminisicing of my "good act", I started feeling a bit confused. If I had left the bird on the road, it may be it that either a car ran over it, or another street cat would have eaten it (there are quite a bit of street cats where I live). So, by providing support to any such street cat(*), I am indirectly endagaring the bird.
Individually, both actions seem ethical. Most people, I think, would agree that helping that both helping the cat and helping the bird would be ethical. However, when we combine both the situations together, due to how the food chain works, helping one, may comprimise the life of the other.
In total, I see three options:
- Help the cat or the bird (choose a favourite)
- Help only the bird (help only the weaker, because they can't do any harm)
- Help the bird and the cat (Propelling natural processes to continously take place)
What would be the most ethical thing to do here? Explain with reason.
*: Unfortunately, in my locality, there are no chances to do TNR