Although most people don’t believe non-human animals should have the same rights as humans, we should consider granting them more rights. The theory of animal rights is based upon the belief that animals deserve similar or equal rights to humans; the concept does not mean animals deserve the right to work or vote, but more of a right to live without being abused or having a torturous death. People who oppose animal rights believe that animals do not deserve even the basic rights considering they “lack mental or moral capacity,” Although people believe animals lack in such areas, they do not realize that animals can feel pain, loss, hurt and have thoughts of their own. If humans were treated the way animals are treated, we would beg for rights as well. Albeit, …show more content…
For people to claim that animals do not deserve, at least, the most basic right to live without having to be kidnapped as young and taken away for experimentation, entertainment, food or clothing, because they “lack morals” is demoralizing in itself. It is arrogant for humans to claim that animals do not deserve rights due to the fact that they are deficient in mental sufficiency. Animals are just as mentally capable as humans are, yet we look down on them for what reason? Having no voice to speak for themselves? There are many tests that show animals do not lack mental capacity, and, in some cases, can be more intelligent than humans are; if an animal is capable of having a mental illness, it would be ignorant to think that they lack mental capacity. If animals have the ability to have their own thoughts and feel, what
Animals can appear to plan for the future, for instance gathering food and storing it for future use, but then again this seems to be nothing more than instinctive behavior. Actually rationally thinking about the future involves considering prospective consequences. Animals may be aware when it is feeding time, but they will not rationalize about what they want to eat; it’s less of a choice and more of a need on a basis for survival. Animals can have distinctive capacities for memory storage. The phrase "an elephant never forgets" derives from elephants’ notable ability to recall the locations of places, other animals, and things, such as water holes, long after visiting them only one time in their life. What separates humans from animals are their abilities to reflect on the events from they’re past and evaluate them, or wish they had done something differently. How animals do learn is from repeated experience and instinct. One would expect that when a deer has a close encounter with a car, it would not cross roads or learn to cross when there are no cars, but that is not how animals think. A deer will still cross the road; it is purely luck that prevents the deer from getting hit by a car. Fukuyama references the concept of consciousness as a key element of demanding respect and dignity. While explaining the concepts of feelings of pain
Throughout history, societies have been faced with many social issues affecting their citizens. Martin Luther King Jr, a civil rights leader for African Americans, was an advocate for the Civil Rights Movement, a movement that fought to undo the injustices African Americans endure by American society in the 1960s. Martin expressed his disgust with the social inequality among citizens when saying “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” (PETA). Taking the prominent leader’s words into consideration, we should progress as a society by participating in the animal rights movement that strives to extend the same compassion, felt by Martin Luther King Jr, to all living things (PETA). Popular criticisms report that animals are inferior to humans because they are a source of food, but I will argue that they are victims of social injustice. Validity for my animal rights argument will come from individual and organizational expert accounts and by Bioethicist Peter Singer, Author Francis Fukuyama, New York Time’s Mark Bittman and also Animal Rights organizations, such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and Animal Equality, to help prove my argument. Animals are silent victims who are loudly crying out for someone to stand up for their rights; rights that can no longer be disregarded by being overlooked. It is my belief that animals should be respected, and afforded ethical and human treatment by society instead of being looked at as a source of food. In a society where animals have no voice, it is everyone’s civic duty to participate in the animal rights movement and acknowledge animals as living beings, which...
“Certainly animals do not have the same abilities as humans. They can’t talk, write books, or drive cars, but neither can some humans. Do we say that humans who lack these abilities have no value and no rights? Certainly not…” (Animal Liberation 31)
Most would not put animals in the same category as humans so giving them the same rights seems quite ridiculous; since humans are supposed to be seen as the alpha species. What is a more realistic term is to consider them our property, because we continue to use animal testing and think it is okay to harm these animals. In the end, animal testing and research is cruel and should be done away with. It is a proven fact that animals feel pain just like humans do. No animal deserves to have his or her life purpose be to give his or her life unknowingly for science. We must to put an end to this cruelty and torture because just like humans, animals are living beings. No matter how it is perceived, it is cruel and unusual punishment.
They can feel and sense things just like people even though they do not react to things in the same way. There are many ways to tell that animals have feelings. A way to tell they have feelings is by looking at their faces and bodies. Their body language tells a lot about their feelings. If the animal walks around droopy then maybe he or she is sad. The most important thing to look at to tell that a animal has feelings is to look at their eyes. By looking at the outside of the animal you can tell what’s going on the inside of them.
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.
Most of modern societies nowadays have laws protecting animal rights; however, there are countries where animal rights do not exist or are protected. Cape Verde and many other third world countries, do not have any laws that protect animals rights. Cape Verde is an under development country, composed by ten islands, situated in the west coast of Africa. Majority of its territory is rural, and its citizens treat animals more as a property than anything else. I was born and lived in Cape Verde, as a child I was not very social, and my parents were always at work; in order, to solve the lonely and antisocial problem, my dad gave me my first dog, she was my best friend for
There is much disagreement as to whether non-human animals have rights, and what is meant by animal rights. There is less disagreement though when it comes to agreeing on the overall thoughts humanity has of allowing animals to have rights. This view in which humans have for animals more than likely stems from the Bible. The idea was established through St Augustine’s teachings, "by a most just ordinance of the Creator, both their [animals'] life and their death are subject to our use." St Thomas Aquinas taught that the universe was constructed as a hierarchy in which beings at a lower level were there to serve those above them. Human beings we’re above animals in this hierarchy they were entitled to use animals in any way they wanted. With such jurisdiction, humans’ have created their moral community and have excluded animals from it. Francione stated;
However, the current system does not treat animals as sentient-being but rather seen as a property which does not feel anything and have no right for respectful treatment. In addition, it should be addressed that guaranteeing animal right do not mean that they should be treated like humans but they should be given consideration like humans. Animals deserve to choose how they live and have right to not put in cage and killed by
Animal Bill of Rights There is a profound disparity between what people believe about animals and on how we should genuinely treat them. According to the Associated Press, two-thirds of Americans agreed with the following statement that “An animal’s right to live free of suffering should be just as important as a person’s right to live free of suffering” (Tatalovich). It is necessary that animals should be treated with more reverence and be given a Bill of Rights. For example, animals are being experimented on and kept in captivity for entertainment purposes. It is inhumane to treat animals with such devastating conditions; therefore, we should give animals the right to be liberated from exploitation, cruelty, neglect, and abuse.
Micheal Pollan , a writer for the New York Times magazine published an article on November 10, 2002. “An Animals place”, Concerning the moral issue whether or not its right to consume meat as humans. Pollan also introduces a Peter Singer’s argument, which is very straightforward. Based on equality, We humans are not all equal: “Some are smarter than others, better looking, and more gifted. (Pollan 2). The main idea is to comprehend that “Everyone’s interests should receive equal consideration regardless of what abilities they may posses. (Pollan 2). This is where a question arises and a parallel problem swings along. If one individual has more intelligence and uses another individual for his own purpose, how can we not use animals for the same exact purpose? Not Only did a Pollan’s thesis acknowledge the problem of animal cruelty, but it also proposes a solution that fortified his article. The argument which Pollan bought to our attention were how to treat animals.
Shouldn’t animals have the same rights as humans? All animals have the same ability to suffer the same way that humans do. They feel pain, loneliness, fear, and frustration like we do. Every animal with a will to live has a right to live free from suffering. Don’t you want animals to stop dying in zoos, people to stop treating these animals so poorly, and not having humans seperating animal families.
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.
Animal rights have unequivocally been a major concern amongst humans for some time now. Animal rights are based on the notion that non-human animals should be allowed to live freely: free from abuse and suffering, as humans are. The extreme issue amongst humans is whether or not non-human animals have the capacity for rationality to deserve such equal consideration. When examining the issue of animal rights, one may have come to question one’s psyche on whether or not animal rights are ethical.