Thank you for your courtesy. It’s appreciated. Great to hear your views as well.
As for you not knowing any places where cats catch pests, well, I do. I know a farmer who allows cats to roam on his property for that very purpose. It works for him. Is there a better way for him to do it? Maybe. I haven’t asked him at length, but I can guess the reasons why he uses cats.
Would mouse traps be better? Maybe. Probably more time-intensive and costs more money. The mice will just come back, anyway. There is no “outside” for him to loose them into. It’s a farm.
How about improving the safeguards around his house, his silo, and his greenhouses? Again, time and money. And what will happen to the pests then? Without the food on the farm, they will just go elsewhere. Just as likely to starve or risk attack from all manner of wild predators.
I do agree that humane treatment is always best, but there are realistic considerations that should be attended to.
I also agree that cats and dogs can function as companion animals (heck, I do own a companion cat of 10+ years, myself!), but a fellow human being is a better companion in my opinion. I can’t communicate with a cat the way I can with a human. I don’t know the science behind it, but I would be willing to bet that where petting a friendly cat is therapeutic, hugging a human friend is at least as therapeutic, if not more so.
Of course, it’s good to make all the friends we can. Human and non.
I also agree that if there is any reasonable opportunity or inclination to help another animal, then we should do it. I’m a little iffy about wasps (they are dangerous), but as long as it wasn’t aggressive I would either leave it alone or let it out.
As for the purpose in humans, well, is our purpose very different from other animals? Primarily, animals eat, poop, and breed. Mammals, especially, will also socialize, nurse, and care for one another. Over time, animals evolve. Everything evolves. Everything lives, dies, and evolves.