Animal Rights And The Right Action

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Billions of animals are killed by human beings each year. Most of these animals live in filthy, unfavorable conditions and undergo painful procedures before being slaughtered for food or other purposes. The way that these animals are treated would never be considered ethical when applied to humans, even though animals and humans have much in common. Humans should not kill or harm animals purposefully, just as they should not purposefully harm other humans. Based on the theory of utilitarianism- the theory that states the right action is the one that brings about the most happiness- animals should have the right to not be harmed or killed, just as human beings do. Their pain and suffering should be taken into account and weighed regardless of rationality or intelligence, as it is still suffering and pain. Tom Regan, an American Philosopher known for his work in Animal Rights points out that subjects of life, including animals “want and prefer things, believe and feel things, recall and expect things (qtd. in Gruen)”. For example, a dog will want to sleep in his bed rather than the floor. He will believe that his owner will come home, and run after a ball thrown for him, expecting to find it at the other side of the meadow. Just like human beings, animals have a nervous system, meaning they can sense pain and are sentient. They can suffer and feel pleasure. In some cases, their intelligence can be compared to that of a human- Jeremy Bentham recognized centuries…

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