Imagine one minute running freely on the vast green terrain surrounding you, then the next locked up in a cold, hard, cage. It sounds horrible, right? Who would want to be locked up with minimal area to stretch your legs, and have people staring at you constantly? I for one, would hate that. I imagine that most animals locked up would share the same feelings. I personally, am against animals being caged. They do not deserve that kind of lifestyle and should not have to live with it just because humans pay money to see it. Animals are suffering greatly from being locked away. When an animal is bought, traded or given to a zoo, the animals rights are stripped away from them.
The Animal Bill of Rights are laws that provide animals with rights to protect them and their dignity. Over the years there's been quite a controversy whether if animals should be given rights and a curiosity about their capabilities and if it's enough for them to be guaranteed the rights that a human has. Although it has been proven that animals indeed to have feelings and knowledge to their existence and even causes and effects of life or death, many people in the US still don't agree that animals should have rights. Many of the people who don't agree are more curious as to what would happen and the lengths these rights would go for animals and how it would affect the lives of humans. They laugh at the fact that these rights could possibly apply to all animals even the smallest ones when it shouldn't be a matter of humor. I think the real reason they laugh is because they're afraid of what these animals can do that could possibly outsmart humans in any way. These animals have suffered for years and they finally get to shine and their abuse finally comes to light and more people are realizing the inhumane acts these poor animals go through.
Imagine it’s 2029. Animals have altered to a completely different lifestyle-- the dogs and cats that used to roam your house are solely used for human safety. To ensure disease can be stopped with the new developed drugs, your dog Ralph, whom you’ve grown up with, is ripped from your home and shipped off for testing-- never to be returned. The next day, the birds at your bird feeder are shot and killed to be sold at the antique shop.
We live in a world today where people advocate for equal and fair treatment of all human beings, regardless of race, culture, gender, or economic status. It would be unfair to the other counterparts on this planet that are also living, breathing, and fully-functioning if we were to not consider or include them in this kind of equality as well. Animal rights are defined as “the rights of animals to live free from human exploitation and abuse,” according to the English Oxford Dictionary. There is a plethora of animal rights laws that have been passed worldwide, and these laws are supposed to be strictly enforced to ensure the safety and well-being of all animals everywhere. However, there seems to be a misunderstanding when it comes to animal
Animals had no rights until people and foundations came along to help. Animals are being used in medical schools, for testing, trained for films and being captivated in zoos. All this is causing a lot of harm to the animals. There are some Foundations that are fighting on the behalf of the animals.
Animal rights activists are rallying and petitioning for an animal bill of rights because they are stating that animals are only being considered “property” by law, being no different than a table and chair. The Animal Legal Defense Fund is really passionate about the document being published even having specific rights for animals with numbering and strong evidence to back up each right and claim, leaving little detail out. Also, in the article “A Change of Heart About Animals” written by Jeremy Rifkin states “What these researchers are finding is that many of our fellow creatures are more like us than we had ever imagined” (Rikin 2). I agree with his statement, because animals and humans have many similarities pointed out by many researchers over the many years we have existed on this planet. He provides specific evidence like Koko the gorilla, who passed an IQ test with a score of 70-95 or around that range and basically I think it's pretty amazing, sad, and ironic that Koko is smarter than a majority than humans. There was also a parrot named alex who could communicate with it's owner and tell her how many of each colored shape was on a plate which was presented to him, and literally asked for a glass of water and I think that is honestly incredible.
Imagine a white fluffy puppy with one blind eye, now imagine him being killed because no one adopted him. Imagine a small calf that was just born, killed for veal for a restaurant down the street. A furry black fox, killed and skinned for a small fur coat. A lion at the zoo, killed because he ran into the glass and cracked it, just because humans got scared. Humans will put them in fights. We kill them for food. We put wild animals on display. However they do so much more for mankind than we give them credit too, they are used in therapy, they rescue us and help in drugs exploitation. Do over 2,750 trillion deaths really justify the need for humans? Do people really stand above the moral laws and are able to do these horrible things to
“God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.” ~Jacques Deval. Seeing the animals, their hopeless voice, their bodies being pushed to limit until the end. Animal Rights are when people believe that animals should have the rights to live free from being hunted, medical research, and from being eaten. Animals need this right because many people mistreat animals.
Animals are part of a branch of science typically found in biology. Animals are sometimes used for testing to observe different traits and their abilities. We test on animals, because of moral reasoning that humans should not be tested on. The reality is, why are animals being tested on? Animals are part of life like any other living organism. These organisms are a large reason we exist today as our main source of food, typically proteins. When we test on animals, we are unaware on how they are internally feeling. We can see their physical attributes such as shivering, whimpering, or crying. We do not test on humans, because we know how they will react. Humans don’t want to experiment on each other as we will feel like objects, but why do we make animals feel like objects? Everything we do for ourselves contradicts what we do to other living organisms, mainly involving animals. This is why animals’ rights is such an extensive debate relating to ethics. Animal rights are the justices belonging to animals to live freely from medical research, hunting, and other services to humans. Applying ethics and morals to the topic, animal rights should be extended and should be practiced on.
that level. Every day, I hear tons of news and tragic stories of animal living in captivity, how they suffered to amuse human, how they live without care in unqualified conditions. Detroit Zoo mentioned in the article “Detroit Journal; Ripples of Controversy after a Chimp Drowns” was opposed by letting many chimps drown because of the moat they use for chimp exhibit. The other case is Lincoln Park Zoo which was drawing criticism from animal right activists by the dead of nine animals in the short time. Although zoo officials pointed out many excuses to protect themselves, animal right activists argued that inappropriate space and climate change were the main causes of animal deaths. They defended animal died because of being left outside under the cold weather and lacking of space for living. I do not mean to criticize all the zoos, but it is undeniable that many animals are suffering in captivity. According to Ferkenhoff in the article “In Chicago, Animal Deaths Put Spotlight on Zoo,” $200 million has been investigated over the past decade to develop living conditions of animals in The Lincoln Park Zoo; however, animals were still found death because of insufficient space. If the zoos cared more for animals instead of focusing on their economic value, their life would be much better.
At the University of Oregon, Barbara Gorden-Lickey, Ph. D., sewed kittens' eyes shut and forced them to jump from a height onto a platform surrounded by water so she could study the effects of sight deprivation on the brain. Cruel and inhumane experiments like this one is an excellent reason why people should recognize the importance of animal right activist groups such as PETA (People of the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Founded in 1980 by Ingrid E. Newkirk and Alex Pacheco, PETA is the largest group in the world with 600,000 plus members. PETA's effort to delete animal abuse in factory farms, laboratories, fur trade, and entertainment through education, investigations, research, animal rescues, legislation, social events, celebrity
Animal rights has always been conversional subject, what rights do they have, what type of treatment they may endure, and what is wildlife versus what are pets. Society as it a whole as always had used animals as form entertainment for example like zoos, circuses, aquariums, rodeos, animal fighting and hunting. Though these types of entertainments project as innocent forms of fun for all ages when it’s enslavement for the animals. These animals are taken from their homes to be forced behind cages, glass and concert walls to perform for the paying customer. The animals see millions of human faces pressed against these walls staring in hoping to see them do tricks or just move in general. These animals are also forced to perform and train for hours on in just to be a meal ticket for the right buyer.
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
The rights of animals and their role in society is a topic that is constantly considered, but is never known how the problem can be solved. The dictionary definition attempts to explain it with “the rights of animals, claimed on ethical grounds, to the same humane treatment” (“Animal Rights”). For animals to have humane treatment, is an endeavor to give them the same rights as humans. People want animals to have rights to make sure that they aren’t abused and mistreated, but having the same amount of rights as humans is just unnecessary. Animals such as pigs, chimps, and cows can’t have the same rights as us because they are NOT us. It does not make sense why we should give human rights those that are not human. However, it would be
There is a problem that plagues America, a problem which you are the judge, in which you decide whether to give the helpless victims a life or pain and misery or provide them with a long happy life. This problem is animal cruelty. Animal cruelty as many of us know is the mistreatment of the animals, and can also be categorized as animal abuse or animal neglect. But what most of us don’t know is just how common animal cruelty takes place and affects our life, what the animals need to endure to bring us our daily necessities and how we can help put an end to this atrocity. So it is time that we wake up and get informed of all the problems that lurk in