Guide to Animal Rights
We can say that animals and human beings have some similarities in the sense that they have consciousness and they are also very responsive. Animals have their differences, and they are unique in their own ways, and many pet owners would tell you that each respond differently and they need care and protection too. There are many people in this world who don’t really care what animals feel or be concerned that they are nourished and cherished because they are lower than human beings when it comes to intelligence.
Animals deserve life, and there are some groups that do not give these rights and privileges to them. Some groups believe that humans should be above all animals and there is a moral distinction between them. 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. The wrong sense of righteousness and entitlement has influenced these belief systems. 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. Humans who destroy the natural ecosystem for their own gain are guilty of depriving animals a basic right to have a clean and safe home. That is why animal rights and the green movement are closely linked to each other.
One of the most popular displays of human greed is using animals for products for profit. When there is economic incentive, then mortality is disregarded altogether. 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. A dollar sign has now replaced the basic rights of animals to live. Viable alternatives to animal products should be considered if we believe that animals have the right to live free of suffering.
Animal rights activists are very strong in what they believe in. Below are some of these rights that animals rights advocates believe in.
Animals are conscious beings, not machines or objects. Animals also have interests. Human beings should be responsible to respect interests of animals. Exploitation of animals by human beings is disregarding their rights. If humans treat animals as objects then they are violating animal rights. Human beings should not kill animals.
The topic of animal rights can span volumes.
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