Let's say you have to choose one over the other. If you choose your pet, 500 random people who are not related to you will die. No one else but you will know about your decision. The 500 people have no idea who you and they will die in peace.
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If my cat, whom I love very much, needed to be rescued or even so much as a single human being needed rescuing, I would choose the human because I value human life over animal life. I would cry my eyes out at having lost my cat, but I couldn't face myself if I contributed to human misery by not rescuing humans.
For those of you who believe that humans are cruel and mean and a blight on the earth, I believe in NOT saving the lives of strangers, you would very much be contributing to the cruelty of human existence. Hitler loved his dog Blondie. I'm sure he would have saved Blondie over every single non-white, Slavic, or Jew on the planet.3