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Respecting Animal Rights

We can say that animals and human beings have some similarities in the sense that they have consciousness and they are also very 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 people who think that animals cannot feel pain or because their intelligence is lower than human beings that they should not be given the care and nourishment that most pet owners generously give to them.

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. 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. The wrong sense of righteousness and entitlement has influenced these belief systems. 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. Destroying this natural ecosystem deprives many animals of clean and safe living places. This is the reason why the green movement is also closely linked with the animal rights movement.

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. Because of what they can get out of it, animals mortality is completely disregarded by many of these people. For example, elephants are killed for their tusks, sharks are killed for their fins, and other people who kill animals because of the commodity they get from it. It is disturbing how the basic rights of animal life are discarded and replaced with a dollar sign. Viable alternatives to animal products should be considered if we believe that animals have the right to live free of suffering.

The core beliefs of animal rights activities are guided by their unwavering morality. Below are some of these rights that animals rights advocates believe in.

Animals have consciousness and should not be compared to machines or objects. There are also things that animals are interested in. Human beings should be responsible to respect interests of animals. Exploitation of animals by human beings is disregarding their rights. If humans treat animals as objects then they are violating animal rights. Human beings should not kill animals.

If one is to discuss animal rights in its entirety , then you can come up with volumes of the subject.

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