Guide to Animal Rights
Animals, being conscious and responsive, have some similarities with human beings. 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. 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.
There are many people today who do not care about the lives of animals and they don’t see the animals’ right to life that they deserve. Humans are a lot superior than animals and that is seen in the moral realm also, and there are advocates of this belief. Another group would tell you that the feelings, and experiences of animals are much lower than a human being’s and thus should not be given the same status as a human has. These belief systems came from a wrong sense of righteousness and entitlement. If people will just overcome their biases, then it all boils that to animals having their own rights in this world.
Animals should also be given the right to live in a clean and safe place. Humans have been known to wreak havoc on some sensitive ecosystems in the world like turning rainforests into flat plains and coral reefs into ocean deserts. Destroying this natural ecosystem deprives many animals of clean and safe living places. 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. Because of what they can get out of it, animals mortality is completely disregarded by many of these people. 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. There should be alternative to animal products if we want to preserve their rights to life without 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 have consciousness and should not be compared to machines or objects. Animals have interests of their own. Human beings should be responsible to respect interests of animals. Human beings should not exploit animals. If humans treat animals as objects then they are violating animal rights. Humans have no right to kill animals.
If one is to discuss animal rights in its entirety , then you can come up with volumes of the subject.