Guide to Animal Rights
Animals have some similarities to human beings because they are conscious and they are responsive. Animals respond in different ways and if you ask pet owners, they can tell you that each animals is unique, precious in its own identity, and they should be cherished and protected. There are many people in this world who don’t really care what animals feel or be concerned that they are nourished and cherished because they are lower than human beings when it comes to intelligence.
There are many people today who do not care about the lives of animals and they don’t see the animals’ right to life that they deserve. Some groups believe that humans should be above all animals and there is a moral distinction between them. Lastly are those people who believe that animals cannot feel, sense, or experience the same things that a human can and that an animal should not be given the same status as a human. These beliefs came from a faulty sense of righteousness and entitlements. That animals have rights will become significant if people will overcome their cognitive biases.
Another right that animals have is the right to thrive in a clean, safe, and sustainable environment. Humans have been known to wreak havoc on some sensitive ecosystems in the world like turning rainforests into flat plains and coral reefs into ocean deserts. If we destroy the environment for human gain, then we are also destroying the only places which animals can call home. That is why animal rights and the green movement are closely linked to each other.
Using animals for products is perhaps one of the most disconcerting displays of human greed that has grown in popularity. When there is economic incentive, then mortality is disregarded altogether. Poachers, shark finners , and other people who view animals are commodities are many these days. A dollar sign has now replaced the basic rights of animals to live. Viable alternatives to animal products should be considered if we believe that animals have the right to live free of suffering.
Animal rights activists are very strong in what they believe in. Below are some of these rights that animals rights advocates believe in.
Animals are neither machine nor objects but are conscious beings. Animals also have interests. Animals interests should be respected by human beings. Exploitation of animals by human beings is disregarding their rights. Human beings should not treat animals as objects. Human beings should not kill animals.
It takes volumes to really cover the scope of animals rights.