When one things about rights, one usually thinks about the rights or privileges of man. Perhaps, after a little extra thought, one may wonder: What about the other living creatures that share the environment? What rights, if any should they have? In particular, there are animals which have been commonly used by man in various capacities, such as for food, clothing, pets, entertainment, companionship, beasts of burden, lately scientific and medical research. However, the question “Should animals have rights?” people contend that animals do or do not have rights based on several factors, including whether animals can learn, can use language, are conscious, are able to suffer, and are ethical beings. However, animals should have their rights, because they are a portion of the earth, just like human beings. Basically, when it comes to animals and their rights, there is a definite line between people needs and people taking advantage of those species that we consider inferior. Nussbaum (4), said, “Scientists use animals in medical research to study how the body works and how to diagnose, cure, and prevent disease“. Animals are used for research in a variety of settings, including tests to determine the safety of drugs, cosmetics and other substances. According to Simmons (4) 1,267,828 animals were used for medical purposes in 1998, which is more than a 50 percent decrease since 1970. Although this is a drastic drop in animals used there have been many medical advances; virtually every medical break through this century has come about as the result of research with animals. Each day many people are saved from medication that are a result of animal testing. For centuries scientists have used animals to study the causes of diseases; to test drugs, vaccines and surgical techniques; and to evaluate the safety of chemicals used in pesticides, cosmetics and other products. However, the controversy remains of how necessary it really is to continue the use of innocent animals for these tests. Should they develop another way of testing new medicine and products? What would the new test be and how accurate would the results be? Animal testing does not need to be the only way to solve medical problems. Sunstein (3) believes the testing of animals should be stopped. Indeed, it seems to be cruel and unfair. Millions of animals all over the world are tortured and tested upon everyday for the use of mankind. Medical research, food and even the makeup industry are all the causes of why these animals die each and every year. Animals have been burnt, crushed, sliced, electrocuted, tortured with drugs, poisoned with toxic chemicals, and tormented in psychological testing. While animal testing has been involved in nearly every major medical advancement over the past century. For example, in determining whether to shoot a bear that is pregnant or has young cubs in tow, a hunter can consider ethical reasons not to kill it, such as the bear’s responsibility to its cubs. Simmons (3), expressed, does it seem fair to kill a dog just to create a new longer lasting hair dye? Furthermore, over thirty thousand chemicals are tested on animals in a single laboratory. Consequently, these numbers become increasingly higher each day because of the extensive experiments that are added. It is not fair that innocent animals are tortured are the satisfaction of pleasing a shaving cream company. According to Bayvel (4), due to the harmful effects experimentation has on animals, the government must rethink their decision to continue keeping animal experimentation legal. Meanwhile, experimentation is said to be done in order to save human lives by using new drugs and medical procedures. There are alternatives to animal experimentation, the technology today allows scientists to be able to rid of experimentation and find a new way of testing. Innocent animals should not have to be harmed or killed. While many people believe that animals are crucial parts of these…
Animal Rights- Controversial Essay
Section I: To Assert a Position
Never in my 17 years of existence have I had an animal from a pet store.
I have taken in a ferret and hamster from friends, caught a lizard and kept it for
many years, won fish at the fair, and rescued dogs off of craigslist. Out of the six
dogs I have had, none have been purebred or costed more than 50 dollars. This
however, does not mean they did not receive the best of care including…
26 April 2013
Everyone has their own opinions on animal rights. Some think animals should have the same rights as humans and some do not. Supporters of animal rights believe that animals have an ‘inherent worth”. They believe that every creature with a will to live has a right to live free from pain and suffering. They believe all animals are unique just like humans. Non-supporters believe animals aren’t as important as humans and use animals for things such as entertainment…
Animal rights groups Aims Methods
RSPCA -change laws to protect animals
-improve welfare on farms, in the wild, in research labs and in homes and paddocks.
-raise standards of care. Campaign, rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals, investigations and prosecutions.
Through campaigning the RSPCA improve the welfare of our nation’s pets e.g. dog ownership, take action for the welfare of farm animals e.g. CCTV in slaughterhouses, protect the welfare of our wildlife e.g. the hunting act…
7 May 2015
Humanizing Animal Rights
Animal welfare and rights laws have been in existence for decades but there is growing debate over how much further those laws should go to entitle non-human animals natural rights equal to those of humans. This debate is controversial due to the affects that granting equal rights to animals would have on humans. What if you had a terminal disease and you were told that there was a new drug that could cure the disease only you…
28 May 2009
Moral rights of animals should be treated with respect and without exploitation. Some people believe that animals have rights just as human beings do. Advocates of animal rights have different views and different approaches to the issue. For instance, people for the ethical treatment of animals (PETA) primarily focus their attention towards working on a practical improvement of the relationship between animals and humans. They get evolved with…
Block 3 Green
AP English Language and Compisition
6 November 2013
All over the world millions of animals are subject to extreme suffering for no viable reason. For example in China a species of bears are put through a painful process through which they are “milked” of their bile (Kristof). This bile is used to make homemade remedies that can be used to cure various sicknesses, however while these remedies were vital in the past, today modern science can…
Today, after the evolution of human beings over several millenniums, in the twenty-first century, it is hard to deny animal rights. As most people know, animals have rights just like humans; however, they are unable to defend their own rights. As a result, some humans take advantage of this situation and violate animal rights by hunting, torturing, or abusing them. Given the above situation, a simple question comes to the mind of any rational human: why should we as humans…
New Albany High School
There are countless reports of animal abuse. How many times will it take for people to understand that this is not a joke? It is NOT funny to hit an animal, to kill an animal; it isn’t funny to harm any animal in any way shape or form. What gave you any right to hit an animal?
In 2007, 64% of reported animal abuse involved dogs, 18% involved cats and 25% involved other animals. In the U.S. about 63% of households claim…
Animal Abuse in Circuses
Many circus animal owners have been put under the category that they are animal abusers but, little do people know that not all animal owners are animal abusers. Some people say animals should not be allowed in the circus but then there are people that think they should be allowed in the circus. Many people think that circus people should not have animals because they abuse them, but people need to be aware that they must fit in with regulations of the Animal Welfare…
Adams, M. (2007, October 8). Factory animal farms produce meat through routine torture and environmental destruction. Natural Health Nws. Retrieved August 12, 2013, from http://www.naturalnews.com/022101_red_meat_factory_farms.html
This article discusses different commonly used ingredients and methods that are used to raise animals in farms. The article also highlights the common abuses of captive animals. It specifically goes in depth about how cows, pigs, and chickens…