Respecting 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. There are many pet owners in this world who would quickly tell you that animals are unique and they are precious in their own identity, and they should certainly be loved and nurtured. 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.
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. There are other who believe that humans are above all animals and makes 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. These belief systems came from a wrong sense of righteousness and entitlement. That animals have rights will become significant if people will overcome their cognitive biases.
Another right that animals have is the right to thrive in a clean, safe, and sustainable environment. 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. 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.
There are animals or animal parts that are being used for products that is to be sold in the market and this is one display of human greed that is gaining popularity. Because of what they can get out of it, animals mortality is completely disregarded by many of these people. Some examples of this are poachers, shark finners, and other people who view animals solely as commodities. They are disregarding the basic rights of animals to live in exchange for the dollar sign. 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. Here are the things that animal rights advocates believe in.
Animals are neither machine nor objects but are conscious beings. 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. Human beings should not kill animals.
The topic of animal rights can span volumes.