Animals Have Rights Too
Research Essay OutlineI. IntroductionA. Definition of animal rights-the belief that non-human animals have interests and rights similar to humans and deserve the same respectB. Background information on the issueC. The discussion of animal rights and whether or not animals deserve the same rights as humans has been prevalent in society since the early 1800s, but animals do reserve the same rights to a life free from the terror of being hunted and the pain of abuse and experimentation; therefore, the solution is to create more laws in favor of animals’ rights and to prosecute those who choose to ignore these laws.II. HistoryA. Research says each side tries to goad the other in an effort to undermine themB. Research says the side for animal rights has been fighting for their cause since the 19th centuryC. OppositionIII. Addressing the IssueA. Research says animal rights activists have a valid point B. Research says animal rights are not always enough C. OppositionIV. Animal Rights vs. Human Rights & Facts A. Research says animals have enough mental and emotional faculties to deserve the same rights as humans B. Research says the effort to preserve animal lives has been by and large very successful.C. OppositionV. ConclusionA. Animals deserve the right to live their lives free from hunting, abuse and experimentationB. Solution-stricter laws and harsher punishmentsAnimal Rights are defined as the belief that non-human animals have interests and rights similar to humans and deserve the same respect. Activists and activist groups such as PETA and the ASPCA have been fighting for the equal treatment of animals since the early 19th century and continue to do so in the present day. There are two sides to every argument and there are people who do not believe that animals deserve the same rights...
Growing up with a single grandparent I was never able to have a pet of my own. This choice that my grandmother made for our house hold was hard but something I have dealt with my whole life. Animals in general hold a special place in my heart because interacting with another species is something very amazing. Learning their way of life and how they adapt has been an interest of mine for some time. With research and constantly watching Animal Planet Network the show “Animal Cops” really caught my attention and also disturbed me at the same time. “Animal Cops follows the men and women who fight animal cruelty.” (animalplanet.com) they go around in major cities such as Detroit, Michigan to protect, help, and enforce the laws and rights of animals.
Roughly half of all Americans own some type of pet, many of which are highly intelligent, loving creatures like dogs or cats. Due to the fact that most pets are cute and cuddly, most people would object to any kind of cruel treatment imposed on their animals. However, it is more than just cuteness that gives animals the right to be protected from human cruelty. There is no reason why animals should not be entitled to the same basic, fundamental protections that humans...
...The concept that we are all born with inherent rights, such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, is fundamental to our society, particularly to the ideas expressed in the United States Constitution. However, humanity thoughtlessly demeans this principle by denying that animals share these rights. Animals are just as entitled to the rights of living, avoiding pain, and pursuing happiness as humans are. Yet still we exploit and abuse them mercilessly, most often without a second thought. Vivisection, or the use of animals in biomedical research, dissection, testing and education, deprives animals of their natural rights and is a great injustice. I believe that this is completely unacceptable, and we should find more humane as well as more effective alternatives immediately.
Despite the wide use of animal testing, the research obtained from it is not even of much help to us. The chemicals and medicines we test on animals reacts differently on every species. In fact, it has been proven that no two species even metabolize any given drug in the same way. Results gained from animal testing can be incorrect and misleading. In many cases, not only are the results wrong, but the opposite can be true for humans; a drug may cure a disease in lab animals but have an adverse effect when used in...
...To have a liable viewpoint on the topic of AnimalRights, one must practically have the abilities of a well-practiced philosopher. You must be able to fully evaluate the characteristics of every possible relationship, good or bad, between man and his fellow members of the Animal Kingdom, and their potential outcomes. You must also decide if you believe in human exceptionalism, that is, whether or not we are equal toanimals. “A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.” Says Ingrid Newkirk, head of PETA, in 2003, “They are all mammals”. Other individuals, however, such as Wesley J. Smith (2010), believe that this attitude will devalue the “the unique status of humans”. Everyone has their own take on this topic, and, if we resolve this in a civilized and orderly fashion, we can potentially have a perfect balance between humans and the world’s diverse flora and fauna.
Across the globe, there are hundreds of organizations that are constantly fighting for the equality of animals, and the elimination of their mistreatment. Some of the bigger names include the World Wildlife Fund, (WWF), and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). These groups rally, lobby, and petition against criminal acts against practically every species of animal, and believe you me they have their hands full! In some laboratories, primates are...
I bet you had no idea that according to The Oxford Lafayette Human Society over thirty million animals such as dogs and cats die every year from cruelty, neglect and exploitation. Why is that Americans care so heavily about material things? But, will not think twice on whether they should help save innocent creatures that live, think, and breath like God created from being abused and mistreated? The issue of animalrights has been a concern of mine ever since 2011. I witnessed my next door neighbor beat his 18 pound Jack Russell Terrier with a metal pipe because he would not “shut the hell up.” Naturally I have a problem with anyone being hit unmercifully with a blunt object, but I had an even bigger problem when I saw it being done to an innocent animal that had no means to defend himself. It is important for everyone to be involved in the process of shading light on this situation. The more we ignore the horrible facts about animal cruelty and unequal treatment animals face the worse it will get. About seventy-eight million people in the United States own pets. (HumanSociety.org) Just imagine if your family pet was the one being hurt and left to die alone. You should want to lend your voice in this social issue because it is just not morally right .Throughout this paper I will discuss three main points. The first...
...Kimberly M. Kinsey
13 November 2012
Homosexuals HaveRights, Too
Lesbian, gay, and bisexual people are serving in the Armed Forces: 71,000 are currently serving, and there are over 1 million lesbian, gay, and bisexual veterans in the United States. The term homosexual means: of or relating to having a sexual orientation to persons of the same sex. The term military means: of or relating to characteristics of members of the armed forces. Recently the law, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, which prohibited military personnel from discriminating against or harassing closeted homosexual or bisexual service members or applicants, while barring openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual persons from military service was repealed. The United States military should allow gays to serve because not allowing them keeps them from aiding in protection, shows prejudice, and will also have an impact on the society of straight people not just the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transvestite people.
Prejudice is the unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature, regarding a racial, religious, or national group. A fear by some critics was that allowing openly gay soldiers in the military would cause the military to become “awash in rainbow decor, incidents of homosexual rape, and violent clashes between gay and straight soldiers.”(McLean) These thoughts show prejudice along with discrimination...
15 November 2014
Now days, the issue on animalrights is highly debatable, and the ideas vary from person to person. The issue of whether we should protect animalrights. It is an important issue because it concerns human’s fundamental moral and animal’s impartial rights. For many years, scientists have used animals to test new drugs and for food. Many animals died in experiments. Poultry could not satisfy the taste of humans anymore, so hunters and fishermen started to catch wild animals and sea animals for human needs. Much disagreement exists concerning the rights of non-human animals and the meaning of animalrights. Some people believe that animals should be treated in the same way as humans with similar rights, whereas others consider the importance of using them as desired food and medical research. As a result, animalrightshave become a relevant issue.
Humans must employ animals to satisfy their various needs, including uses for food and research. According to “California biomedical research association,” the researchers explained the reason for animal use in biomedical research. They claimed “animals...
...Many individuals believe that animals deserve to be treated ethically. This belief spurred the idea of animalrights – the basic idea that even animals, like humans, have certain inalienable rights that should not be infringed upon. Animalrights groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, are the main advocates for animalrights. The idea of animalrights has been in the modern mindset for centuries – ancient Egyptians treated cats like gods!
Animalrights consist of several ideas. The first is that animals should have the right to live. As a result, many people that advocate animalrights reject the idea of eating slaughtered animal meat or using products made from animal products. They believe animalshave the right to live, and these individuals often reject things like fur clothing and practice vegetarianism. The other standard includes an animal’s right to freedom of suffering. This is a huge belief held by both animal advocates and many mainstream individuals. Laws have even been put into place that outline how animals should be treated when...
<br>Animalrights is a catchphrase akin to human rights. It involves, however, a few pitfalls. First, animals exist only as a concept. Otherwise, they are cuddly cats, curly dogs, cute monkeys. A rat and a puppy are both animals but our emotional reaction to them is so different that we cannot really lump them together. Moreover: what rights are we talking about? Theright to life? The right to be free of pain? The right to food? Except the right to free speech all the other rights could be relevant to animals.
<br>But when we say animals, what we really mean is non-human organism. This is such a wide definition that it easily pertains to potential aliens. Will we witness an Alien Rights movement soon? so, we are forced to narrow our field to non-human organisms which remind us of humans and, thus, provoke empathy in us. Yet, this is a dangerous and not very practical test: too many people love snakes, for instance and deeply empathize with them. Will we agree to the assertion (which will, probably, be avidly supported by these people) that snakes haverights or should we confine our grace to organisms with nervous systems (=which, presumably, can feel pain). Even better is the criterion : whatever we...