Animal Rights Essay

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The Rights of Animals and the Needs of Human Beings Intro- In “The Trials of Animals”, Cleveland Amory claims that experimenters have been their own judge and jury for too long and that public oversight is needed when in comes to experiments involving animals (par. 13). While Congress passed the Animal Welfare Act in 1966, with an amendment in 1986 dictating that a member of the “public vote on the laboratory’s animal–care committee” (par. 2), laboratories where experimentation is done with animals are not regularly inspected, and there is rarely a member of the public on the committee. Animals are being used, no tortured, in experiments for which there is little or no human benefit (par.11). I cannot believe that for so long…show more content…
I will continue to eat meat and I am happy I have received my immunizations, but thanks to the activists, I do think I should look for personal products that did not rely on animal research. Rich Lowry brings up a very different perspective in his article “PETA’s War on the World’s Dispossessed”. Lowry claims that the Marine Mammal Protection Act needs to be repealed so that hunting and importing seal products, such as fur, would be allowed (par. 12). The Inuit people who live off the land and hunt seals, using all the parts of the animal for food and clothing, including selling furs for money to pay for their hunting, have been dispossessed from their land and their way of life as animal rights activists have gone too far in the name of animal rights. Seals are not endangered. Now, instead of living an environmentally friendly lifestyle, the Inuit people have had to make deals with oil companies and mining industry to make a living (par. 10). According to Alan Herscovici “the anti-fur campaign is fundamentally anti-ecological and anti-environment” (qtd. in Lowry, par. 3). I found this article interesting, as I had no idea that wearing fur could actually help a group of people live an environmentally friendly lifestyle. I do not have any real fur, but I have felt it, and it is very soft. If it were not so expensive, I might now consider buying a real fur in the name of protecting

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