Animal Rights Essay

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I will argue that it is a better option for humans to not accept the doctrine of Animal Rights, and I will offer three reasons to support this claim. Firstly, Animal Rights can be limiting to the advancement of human health. Secondly, there are alternatives to accepting the Animal Rights. Finally, Animal Rights does not support animal control, which is important for sustaining the ecosystem. The second point will be discussed as an extension of the first point. In support of my first claim, I will offer two reasons. Supporting Animal Rights would hinder both process of understanding diseases and the prevention of unforeseen harmful effects of new treatments, and there are no alternative methods that can completely replace experiments on animals.…show more content…
Accepting the doctrine of Animal Rights can result in the extinction of native animals, and also cause adverse effects on the environment. Another consequence of accepting the doctrine of Animal Rights is that humans will no longer be able to control foreign predators (pests) via traps, hunting, fishing and poisons. Many foreign animals have been introduced to different ecosystems over the course of history, and is very likely to have caused many extinctions of indigenous species. This occurs because they compete with native animals for habitat and food, and sometimes introduce new diseases. Maintaining the indigenous species and thus biodiversity is important because animals depend on each other in a food web, and an extinction in one can result in many more following. For example, the introduction of possums to New Zealand in 1837, has led to the extinction of many indigenous bird species such as the Bush wren, Laughing owl and the Native thrush. Another reason is that the extinction of animals has negative flow-on effects on the environment. The diversity stability hypothesis states that biodiversity acts as a stabilizing factor in ecosystems, and thus highly diverse ecosystems can act to reduce impacts of changes in the environment (Thibaut, 2012). We should therefore probably, not support human rights, as the elimination of pest control is very likely to result in many indigenous species to go extinct, and the resultant reduction in biodiversity will impair its ability to buffer out the environmental changes caused by humans, such as climate change. Additionally, because the reduction in biodiversity has been caused by humans in the first place, it is probably our responsibility to minimize the harmful
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