Animal Rights Essay

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Animals and man have shared this planet since humans first appeared on earth. Animals have provided transportation, food, clothing, shelter, companionship and entertainment throughout the ages. Therefore, it is our duty to treat animals with respect, care and kindness and not cause them undue suffering, because they have, in many ways, made it possible for man to survive on earth. However, because normal adult humans have superior mental abilities in the hierarchical scale in nature, animals have fewer rights than humans. Consequently, it is our responsibility to support and maintain the animal kingdom (to the best of our ability); therefore helping to preserve them as fellow members or our community of life on earth.

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Animals should be viewed as experiencing subjects of life with inherent value of their own. We are guilty of speciesism and have been inhumane and evil to creatures that are powerless. He contends that any change requires a change in our heads and hearts.

It would seem that Regan wrote this essay because he feels there has been a blatant cruelty and disregard for animals. He does not mention however, that all species use each other as resources—that is the way of nature. He seems to be denying or ignoring that natural phenomenon. Everything and everyone is a resource in one way or another. Humans and animals are hosts for many insects, parasites and microscopic organisms, which are part of nature’s food chain.

As founder of the Animal Rights Liberation, utilitarian Peter Singer agrees with Regan’s opinion that we are guilty of speciesism. He defines “speciesism” as “a prejudice or attitude of bias toward the interests of members of one’s own species.” He informs the reader that he owes this term to Richard Ryder.

In his essay “All Animals are Equal”, Singer laments the fact that the majority of humans take an active part in, or allow their taxes to pay for the sacrificing species in order to promote their self-interests. To believe that only human life is sacrosanct is wrong, in his view, and another example of speciesism. He believes we must allow beings, human or animal, which are similar in all relevant aspects, to

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