Human Rights Should Not Be Determined By Intelligence

3243 WordsSep 16, 201413 Pages
Animal rights are defined as rights believed to belong to animals to live free from use in medical research, hunting, and other services to humans.1 Animals have a right to be free of human use and exploitation. It’s not about putting animals above humans, or giving them the same rights. Humans exploit animals in a myriad of ways. Some common justifications for this abuse are that animals are unintelligent, they are not as important as people, they don’t have feelings, they have no other purpose, and that God put animals here for us to use. Rights should not be determined by intelligence, or we would have to give intelligence tests to determine which humans deserve rights. It 's irrelevant whether animals created rights or are even capable of understanding the concept of rights. We don 't have a set of requirements for humans to be beneficiaries of basic rights. For example, a severely retarded human may be unable to understand what a right is, but that doesn 't mean he or she doesn 't deserve the protection of basic rights to be treated as any living creature should. He or she would never be slaughtered for food, beaten for entertainment, or used as any type of resource. Their lack of understanding does not make it okay to severely mistreat them. Animals are intelligent in their own ways. They know what they need to survive, and although they don’t speak any language known to humans, they communicate with each other. Importance is not a good criterion for rights holding
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