Animal Rights And Human Rights

1808 Words Dec 8th, 2014 8 Pages
The idea that animals have rights seems to be heavily agreed on by a large majority of scholars whom have studied this topic. However, what comes into question is understanding the severity and range of these rights. How do we determine the level of animal rights? How do we understand animal rights in relation to human rights? This paper aims to address these questions by showing that animals have the basic rights to live a life without harm, but cannot have equal rights to humans because of our dependence on them and their inability to reason and communicate with humans.
Let’s start with how humans think and then we will create a connection between human and emotion and how animals feel. Humans are sentient beings, meaning they feel a wide range of emotions, including happiness and pain. In general, we try to fill our lives with as much happiness as possible while avoiding pain whenever we can. Peter Singer, a lifetime philosopher and advocate of animal rights, states that animals are sentient beings as well (Singer 33). This means that animals have the same interests in living a life of happiness and void of pain, just as humans do. Assuming Singer’s statement to be true, we can now state that animals feel happiness and pain, just as humans do.
Now that we know that animals feel happiness and pain, we will show that humans should not put animals through unnecessary pain. One of the hallmarks of human rights is that one human should never harm another. When this right is…
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