The Animal Rights Debate

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Behind the Sugarcoated Eye
It’s dark, quiet, and you’re all by yourself. You whine and yell for help but nobody seems to hear you. The people you thought were your family abandoned you, left you all alone in a small confined cage. There is no place to use the bathroom, other than where you stand. The awful stench of your feces grows worse and worse each second. The only food they left you with, you ate in the first day. Now the only thing keeping you alive is your desperation to eat and drink your own waste and the will to survive. You are a dog left to die by your owners, with the thought that you are lower than humans and have no real importance or worth. This is an example of how some animals are treated and it’s not just happening at
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Animals are trained to do humanistic things so they’re lifestyle’s are similar to that of a human. According to Cohen and Regan (2001), “if all humans in America have rights then why shouldn’t all animals have rights the same?” An animal in the wild is protected by environmental laws as well as hunting and animal abuse. Yet an animal such as a Lion in the zoo are raised outside of their law protected boundaries. A Lion from the zoo is used to instructions as opposed to a Lion from the jungle that is free to roam and explore as he pleases. The current animals rights provided by our government do not apply to the animals in the zoo. If an animal in the zoo disobeys an order given they are sometimes beaten. For years we’ve heard stories of animals turning on trainers attacking them. I do not wish death upon anyone, but these stories come as no surprise to me. Wild animals do not belong in a zoo within a created environment. Animals have rights and belong in the wild to live and die as they have since the beginning of time.

No pen or even Safari’s that are drive-through can measure up to the freedom of the wild. Baby animals attract visitors and money, but the enticement to breed new baby animals often leads to over population. Surplus animals are sold to other zoos, circuses, canned hunting facilities, and even slaughterhouses. The majority of captive breeding programs within the zoo do not
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