A Discussion on Animal Rights Essay

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A Discussion on Animal Rights

"Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; The Declaration of
Independence holds these rights to be self evident and unalienable. In the eighteenth century when these words were written they were called natural rights, today we call them human rights" (McShea 34). The issue of whether or not to grant animal rights such as those that humans retain, is a greatly disputed issue. Philosophers, clergyman, and politicians have argued the point of animal rights for years, but without success. Animal right is an extremely intricate issue that involves the question of animal intelligence, animal activist groups, and the pros and cons of granting animals their rights.

Psychologists around the world, who
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The activists found the cats in poor condition. Deep incisions scarred some cats' backs and they were dragging their hind legs (Reed 38). While in the lab, the
ALF members photographed the cats and later turned the cats over to sympathetic veterinarians who treated and put the cats up for adoption. In June 1991, ALF claimed credit for $800,000 worth of damage caused by arson at the Northwest
Farm Cooperative in Edmonds, Washington, a supplier of feed to mink ranches.
Totally opposed to any kind of animal exploitation, ALF does not indulge in eating eggs, honey, or dairy products.

On the other side of the coin is Putting People First (PPF). A grass roots organization made up of men and women who advocate the eating of meat, the wearing of furs and using animals in biomedical research. PPF takes the human side if the animal rights issue. As PPF is the only pro-human group, it is also the only nationwide organization attempting to merge interests of hunters with all the other interest groups that stand to lose to the animal rights extremists groups (Tapply 98). This human rights group promotes the age- old view that human rights are above animal rights. PPF began in 1990 with
Kathleen Marquardt as the director and founder of the human rights organization.
By tracking legislative proposals and lobbying against animal rights bills at state and local levels,
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