Animal Rights And Human Cruelty

1908 Words Oct 25th, 2016 8 Pages
(iii) Animal Rights Once rights are granted to certain groups of people, more and different types of group also starts asking for rights. This is an example of a “slippery slope” argument. Similarly, there are groups of people who advocates for the rights of animals. They are speaking out against cruelty that animals have to go through like slaughtering them for food, conducting different kinds of experiments on them, etc. While pro-animal rights people argue about those types of “cruelty,” another group of people believe that animals are needed for those kinds of purposes. Animal rights activists have said that the cruel activities that humans conduct on animals is discrimination is a result of “speciesism.” While racism means discriminating people based on race, speciesism means discriminating and treating other species unfairly. Many animal rights activists take the stand of the unequal value theory. They say that they oppose to animal cruelty as much as they oppose human cruelty but that does not mean that they value the life of animal equal to the life of a human being. The lives of the animals have some value and killing it would be wrong. With regard to the exploitation of animals, people believe it is acceptable for several reasons. Firstly, they think that humans are the most important beings on the planet, and everything must be done to ensure human survival. If this means experimenting on animals so that we can fight and find cures for diseases or using them as…
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