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Rights and Ethics: What We Need

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Many countries around the world agree on two basic rights, the right to liberty and the right to ones own life. Outside of these most basic human and civil rights, what do we deserve, and do these rights apply to animals as well? Human rights worldwide need to be increased and an effort made to improve lives. We must also acknowledge that “just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures” (Dalai Lama). Animals are just as capable of suffering as we are, and an effort should be made to increase their rights. Governments around the world should establish special rights that ensure the advancement and end of suffering of all sentient creatures, both human and non-human. Everyone and everything should be given the same chance to flourish and live.
Basic rights such as free speech, privacy, fair trial, freedom of religion, the right to ones own body, and life should be present universally. But beyond these, what else is necessary? At the very least, equality for all in education, work, voting, rights, pay, and marriage. Depriving one of rights due to their race, age, socioeconomic class, sex, gender, disability, and sexual orientation is morally unethical. The Dalai Lama says it best, “Whether one is rich or poor, educated or illiterate, religious or nonbelieving, man or woman, black, white, or brown, we are all the same. Physically, emotionally, and mentally, we are all equal. We all share basic needs for food, shelter, safety and love.” It is vital for one to look beyond these differences and treat their fellow human equally. Political rights such as voluntary voting and the ability to check and balance the government are also imperative. The ability to vote voluntarily gives p...

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...ghts, preventing suffering, and looking to other successful countries. People must take care to treat animals as living creatures instead of property or their next meal. Efforts need to be made to lower animal suffering and encourage people to eat less meat. It doesn't matter if we are a human, dolphin, or dog, we are all sentient creatures with the same desire for a painless, happy life.

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