Guide to Animal Rights
Animals, being conscious and responsive, have some similarities with human beings. Animals respond in different ways and if you ask pet owners, they can tell you that each animals is unique, precious in its own identity, and they should be cherished and protected. Since animals are lower than human beings, there are many people who believe that they cannot feel and that we should not be so concerned about animal welfare.
Animals deserve life, and there are some groups that do not give these rights and privileges to them. Humans are a lot superior than animals and that is seen in the moral realm also, and there are advocates of this belief. There are also those who don’t believe that animals feel, sense, or experience like humans do and that they should not be give a status equal to humans but lower than them. These belief systems came from a wrong sense of righteousness and entitlement. When the cognitive biases are overcome, the reality that all animals do have rights becomes significant.
Living in a clean, safe place where they can survive is another right that should be given to animals. We het a glimpse of the horrors that human beings can do to our natural ecosystem when we find lush rainforests reduced to flat plains and beautiful coral reefs becoming ocean wastelands. If we destroy the environment for human gain, then we are also destroying the only places which animals can call home. That is why animal rights and the green movement are closely linked to each other.
Using animals for products is perhaps one of the most disconcerting displays of human greed that has grown in popularity. Economic incentive makes this people think that it is alright to kill animals for the sake of gain. For example, elephants are killed for their tusks, sharks are killed for their fins, and other people who kill animals because of the commodity they get from it. It is disturbing how the basic rights of animal life are discarded and replaced with a dollar sign. Since animals have a right to live free of suffering at the hands of humans, it is important that we consider viable alternatives to animal products.
Animal rights activities have a strong sense of core beliefs guided by an unwavering morality. Here are the things that animal rights advocates believe in.
Animals are neither machine nor objects but are conscious beings. Animals also have interests. Animals interests should be respected by human beings. Exploitation of animals by human beings is disregarding their rights. Treating animals as objects disregards their rights by human beings. Killing animals is depriving animals of their right to live.
The topic of animal rights can span volumes.
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