And with my previous post I was merely attempting to point out the prevalent mindset of a lot of the community. I don't personally agree with it, and I'd be pissed if I was faced with that question, because I love my pets. I do have to agree that Warlocks aren't any different than use as a pet class. I don't think they should have been given an option to ditch their pet either. It just feels wrong, it's such a basic core mechanic of how the class works; as soon as their is an option without using the pet, you open a huge can of worms of what people want, vs what they're compelled to do. How many Warlocks out there absolutely love their demons, but aren't using one because sac gives them higher dps? Or maybe the other way around, if sac is a dps loss, how many players who HATE having a pet are still using theirs for the damage boost. It would drive me insane knowing that I could play the way I wanted, if only my raid would let me.
The way I see it a Hunter without a pet is a Rogue without stealth. Or a Druid without shapeshifting. It's just part of who we are as Hunters.