Animal Rights

Animal Rights

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Animal Rights

A percentage of the population believe that non-humans, otherwise
known as animals, have rights similar to humans, so doesn't this mean
that animals should be treated with similar respect to us? However, in
most cases, this is not true. On one hand, many people see some
animals (their pets) as members of their families. On the other hand,
these very same people think nothing about eating animals other than
pets, wearing skins, using them in experiments, or exploiting them for
entertainment in films, circuses, and zoos. Wouldn't you say that's
the reason for Zoos, to make profit from keeping animals in captivity?
Some may say that "Zoo's are here for the breeding of endangered
animals to prevent extinction." It is either right or wrong (obviously
wrong) to keep animals captive, endangered or not, let alone using
them to make profit, which is, in the end what happens. And, what is
the reason for them becoming endangered in the first place? Us humans,
killing them for sport, amusement and money.

I bet all of you have heard of Darwin's Theory of evolution.
Basically, it's saying that we have evolved from apes, (the very same
apes that are held captive in zoos all over the world). Now listen to
this, trust me, it makes sense. Most of us believe that God created
us, in nearly every religion it is believed that, and so, we worship
him/her. See where I'm going? Well, if we are supposedly evolved from
apes, therefore where we came from, shouldn't we worship apes to a
certain extent just like we worship God, instead of testing and
experimenting on them and keeping them in captivity? It's just wrong
to do something like that to the animals we came into existence from!

We have been exploiting animals for so long now, that we simply
continue doing so by habit alone. Animals are treated as things, and
more specifically as property to people. Recently a professor stated
that property "cannot have rights or duties or be bound by or
recognize rules.

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" We abide to this statement with animals even though
they are not properties owned by humans but living, breathing
organisms that in most cases are similar to us. Many of us deny that
particular fact (the similarity of non-humans and humans), by saying
that animals have defects, such as the inability to use language or
have a supposedly inferior intelligence, and that these reasons give
us the right to treat them in any way we want. However, there is
simply no defect that is possessed by animals that is not also
possessed by some group of human beings. There are some humans for
example who are severely impaired and will never fit into their
environment as actively as a healthy dog. Nevertheless, we would never
think of using such humans in experiments, or eating them.

It is even said by the very conservative federal health authorities
that meat is not necessary for a healthy diet, and many health care
professionals now say that eating meat can have a negative affect on
human health. Despite this lack of necessity to eat animals, we
nevertheless kill billions of animals every year for no better reason
other than that we enjoy the taste of flesh. Furthermore, how many
people do you know who are vegetarian? I'm sure you've met a lot of
vegetarians whom are all fit and alive as people who eat the flesh of
animals' day in and day out, and this further proves that we do not
need to eat meat.

Also, a note on experimenting…there's no point in it as how do we know
that what may appear to be ok on animals, be good for humans? This has
happened before where a chemical that had no side effects on animals,
had long term and disastrous effects on humans. You may have already
heard of it Thalidomide, a maternity drug. There were no side effects
on the rats that the drug was tested on, but once marketed for
pregnant women, the drugs affected the offspring in that it caused the
child to have short limbs. Furthermore, I'm sure you have all heard of
The Body Shop, an extremely successful cosmetics store that sells
products that are safe and have not been tested on animals. If The
Body Shop can do it, why can't the rest of the scientists and product
producers do it?

Another area where animals are killed for our pleasure is fashion. Let
me just ask you, who wants to wear a dead animal's skin, which is
simply what fur is! Would you like to wear a human's skin because that
is exactly the same thing, just a different animal. Besides, you have
other options than wearing dead skin for clothing, that serves its
purpose (to keep us warm) and that is fashionable at the same time. So
to sum it all up, fashion is not fur, so don't wear it!

Now carefully think about this now that you have read it. Is it
seriously worth killing all of those animals? Shouldn't they be
treated and respected as humans are? I haven't even covered all the
reasons of why they should be, but I think that these are far more
than enough reasons to consider and accept. Hopefully we can only hope
for the prevention of such demeaning and unnecessary acts. Already
there are new but only a few laws on animal cruelty. There needs to be
much more in order to make any noticeable change in this situation.
This is where you come in; all you have to do is act upon the vicious
murder of innocent animals. In order to raise more awareness of animal
cruelty, join one of the animal cruelty campaigns. Just by doing this
you will feel wonderful as you are doing something good and just that
may just help animals survive and live a better life.
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