Argumentative Essay: Do We Need Animal Rights?

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Animals have the physical need to receive love and attention. Human beings have the need to correct and overcorrect our actions, especially towards animals. Humanity is defined by any act of kindness, pity, or compassion. As a group, humans believe in both the lesser treatment of animals, and the idea that animals deserve rights. Since we are at the top of the food chain, and we have greater cognitive ability, human beings have the control.
Human morality and ethics aren’t always black and white, there is a grey area. And the crossing into this area is why certain animal rights activists raise questions. If we look into the Bible, it states “God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” (Genesis I:28) This phrase states that human beings rule over the animals and God put these creatures on the
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He says, “The fundamental wrong is the system that allows us to view animals as our resources, here for us—to be eaten, or surgically manipulated, or exploited for sport or money. Once we accept this view of animals—as our resources—the rest is as predictable as it is regrettable.”( Regan, Tom. Advances in Animal Welfare Science 1986/87. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 1987. 179-189. Print.) Regan is a strong believer in giving animals the rights that they deserve. He tries to show the contradictory side to the bible. He asks in rhetoric, “Why worry about their loneliness, their pain, their death? Since animals only exist for us, to benefit us in one way or another, what harms them really doesn’t matter.” He tries to state that those who believe such things are inhumane. His tactics raise questions in the readers mind to make the reader think for himself, and have empathy towards
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