“You know how people are about not taking care of an animal; they consider it immoral and anti-empathic” (13). In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? If you do not consider it immoral and anti-empathic you are not humane. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is set in a post-apocalyptic world in 2021. After being devastated by World War Terminus and incurring mass fatalities, most of the human population has migrated to another planet. Animals are either extinct or nearly extinct. On earth, in the post-apocalyptic world of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, humans value genuine animals no matter the price and if not you are just simply not human.

Animal species are hard to come by and they are expensive. In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? the owl is recognized as the first extinct animal. More animals follow and other animals are nearly extinct. One of the main characters, Rick, has lost his only animal, a sheep, after the sheep being contaminated. While tending to his electrical replacement sheep he discovers his neighbor’s horse will breed soon. In the dialogue transpired by Rick and his neighbor you can see his longing for a fine genuine animal. Horses like many other animals are hard to come by and are very expensive. Rick shows a longing for a horse when he states, “I want to have an animal I keep trying to buy one. But on my salary, on what city employee makes –” (13).Rick illustrates that animals are valued because although they are hard to come by and expensive Rick is continuously seeking an animal in which he can barely afford.

Compassion for animals in society distinguishes humans from non-humans. Rick’s job is to catch human androids. His department facilitated a test, Voigt-Kampff test, to determine whether he is testing a human or an android. Rick administers the test on a subject who he conceives to be an android. The subject almost outsmarts Rick into back tracking his conclusion however he doesn’t falter. The questions used tested the compassion and empathy that the test taker had for animals. In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? society value animals and if the test taker does not value animals then the test taker may be an android.

Placing high value on having and taking care of an animal in society seems honorable and benevolent but what are the stakes? There already seems to be a hint of dissatisfaction in the lives of the characters and possibly a faulty system in place when distinguishing between human and androids.