Should Animals Have Rights?

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The purpose of this paper is to answer the question: should non-human animals have rights? I firmly believe that non-human animals should be given rights, rights such as the right to freedom, the right to be treated with respect and care, and the right to not be exploited. Non-human animals are similar to humans in many ways and they should not be subjected to the unsanitary and crowded living conditions that factory farms and other forms of non-human animal mass production factories force them into.. They have families that they care for females bear their children just as humans do. Many human beings take think they have an inferior position over non-human animals and inflict extreme suffering upon them. I believe non-human animals should be given rights.

To begin I will give a brief outline of what rights are, their functions and how they server us. The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines a right as including "a thing one may legally or morally claim; the state of being entitled to a privilege or immunity or authority to act.” Rights are things to which you are entitled or allowed, freedoms that are guaranteed. Human rights are laws (e.g.) the Canadian Human Rights Act that ensure equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination where people are protected and not placed at disadvantage simply because of their age, sex, race, ethnicity, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability and a pardoned criminal conviction – as stated in on the Canadian Human Rights Commission website. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris in 1948 as a result of the Second World War and was in hopes to bring equality to ...

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...-human animals cannot speak English, and each species has their own ‘language’, there is no possible way to make them understand. In that case, how would this work?

To conclude this paper then, after reviewing the reasons for being opposed to assigning rights to non-human animals I am still faithfully for the idea. There is no justification for the barbaric and insensitive ways to which we have been treating the non-human animals with over the decades. As I stated before, they are living creatures just as we are, they have families, emotions and struggles of their own without the ones we inflict on them. So then where does this leave us? Of course it is a complicated mater, but none the less non-human animals should be protected with rights against them being used as machines, for food, for their skins, their wool, and all cases in which they are being abused.

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