Animal Rights And The Ethical Treatment Of Animals

1267 WordsOct 7, 20146 Pages
The debate of whether or not animals should be allowed to be used as subjects in research, entertainment, or clothing is one of the most controversial issues known in today’s society (Parks 21). Through time, animal rights have acquired several different definitions and opinions from people. Regarding their belief about the true meaning of animal rights, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a largely recognized animal rights activist organization, states: Animal rights means that animals deserve certain kinds of consideration- consideration of what is in their best interests, regardless of whether they are cute, useful to humans, or an endangered species and regardless of whether any human cares about them at all (just as a mentally challenged human has rights even if he or she is not cute or useful or even if everyone dislikes him or her). It means recognizing that animals are not ours to use- for food, clothing, entertainment, or experimentation. (“Frequently”) Animals first were used by humans as experiment subjects in Ancient Greece around 500 before the Common Era (BCE) (Coster 12). Animals have complex brains and minds, and compound nervous systems, live in multiplex societies, and show emotions that are often extremely closely related to those of humans (Parks 27). As scientist/philosopher Richard Ryder said, “To discriminate against others merely because they have a different physical appearance is very unintelligent. Such speciesism is as irrational
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