Animal Rights Is Not The Humane Treatment Of Animals

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Animal rights are defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “rights (as to fair and humane treatment) regarded as belonging fundamentally to all animals.” But what do they mean by “all animals”? Is there a different protocol for every specie? Is there an invisible line drawn to state what rights animals have? You have to decide. Animals have played a role in society since evolution began. First, animals were used for food, their skins were used for clothing and shelter, and their bones for tools. Even though animals became domesticated they were still used as such and eventually for many other purposes. Today most of us accept the idea that people may use animals but treat them correctly. The United States has even created anti-cruelty laws to ensure the humane treatment of animals. For year’s advocates have been the voice for so many animals that don’t have their own voice. These advocates plea for the stop of speciesism, which is a prejudice similar to racism or sexism. Is it really becoming that big of a problem? The answer is “Yes”. In 1635 the first known animal protection legislation in Europe was passed. Unfortunately the United States did not follow suite until August 24, 1966 when Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Animal Welfare Act. However, this act excludes farm animals, lab rats, lab mice, birds and cold blooded animals. Peter Singer once said “the basic principle of equality does not require equal or identical treatment; it requires equal consideration.” It is important to know the difference when talking about animals rights. Animals cannot speak, but they can suffer; they can feel just as humans do. When they are loved, scared, lonely, or hurt, amongst other things, they feel that. In any case, all they are asking f... ... middle of paper ... ... It’s noticeable to me that society creates homeless shelters and soup kitchens for those that don’t have a bed to sleep on at night or food in their bellies. However, the same is not true for animals, rarely people give strays homes or food. A company in Turkey called Pugedon has created a vending machine in Istanbul that takes bottles deposited for recycling and dispenses food for the city’s stray dogs. While that is a great idea and step in the right direction it’s not a worldwide idea. Abandoned buildings all around the world could be turned in to animal housing. Mark Twain summed it up, "The fact that humans know right from wrong makes us intellectually superior to animals, but the fact that we can do wrong make us morally inferior to them". The battle for animal rights has just begun. It will finish once the human race realizes the true values of all animals.

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