Guide to Animal Rights
Animals, being conscious and responsive, have some similarities with human beings. 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 who believe that animals have no basic right to life that they deserve. There are other who believe that humans are above all animals and makes a moral distinction between them. Another group would tell you that the feelings, and experiences of animals are much lower than a human being’s and thus should not be given the same status as a human has. These belief systems came from a wrong sense of righteousness and entitlement. If people will just overcome their biases, then it all boils that to animals having their own rights in this world.
Another right that animals have is the right to thrive in a clean, safe, and sustainable environment. We het a glimpse of the horrors that human beings can do to our natural ecosystem when we find lush rainforests reduced to flat plains and beautiful coral reefs becoming ocean wastelands. 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.
There are animals or animal parts that are being used for products that is to be sold in the market and this is one display of human greed that is gaining popularity. When there is economic incentive, then mortality is disregarded altogether. Some examples of this are poachers, shark finners, and other people who view animals solely as commodities. It is disturbing how the basic rights of animal life are discarded and replaced with a dollar sign. There should be alternative to animal products if we want to preserve their rights to life without suffering.
Animal rights activities have a strong sense of core beliefs guided by an unwavering morality. The primary things that animals rights advocates believe are given below.
Animals have consciousness and should not be compared to machines or objects. Animals have interests of their own. Human beings should be responsible to respect interests of animals. Exploitation of animals by human beings is disregarding their rights. Human beings should not treat animals as objects. Killing animals is depriving animals of their right to live.
The topic of animal rights can span volumes.