Animal Cruelty: an Ongoing Issue

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Animal Cruelty: An Ongoing Issue

What is animal cruelty? Wikipedia states: ‘Cruelty to animals or animal abuse is the infliction of suffering or harm upon animals, other than humans, for purposes other than self-defense. More narrowly, it can be harm for specific gain, such as killing animals for food or for their fur. Diverging viewpoints are held by jurisdictions throughout the world.’ (Anonymous). So in an ideal world, animal cruelty would not exist. But, this is not an ideal world, and animals, domesticated and wild, are abused and beaten every single day. Should animals have rights? Yes, they should. All animals have nervous systems; they can feel, both physically and emotionally, therefore, it should be illegal to abuse any animal, not just domesticated ones.

Some may argue that because animals do not think and act like a human being, that they should not be treated like them; ergo, animals should not have rights, or be treated as fairy as a human. They are wrong because animals are living, breathing creatures that were placed on Earth for a reason, the same as humans. Does an innocent chicken feel the need to abuse, beat, and kill a human being because the human is not a chicken, like itself? No. Therefore, it should not be okay for any human to beat and kill a chicken because the chicken is not human.

Domesticated animals have rights, so any other animal should have the same rights as these domestic ones. Farm animals, and wild animals, do not have the same rights as domestic animals. But is a wolf any different than a dog? No, they are of the same species: the scientific definition is ‘if 2 animals mate and their offspring is viable (ie. not a mule/infertile) then they are the same species.’ Therefore, a wolf should have the same rights as a dog, and if it is illegal to beat a dog for no reason, then it should be illegal to beat a wolf for no reason. It should be this way with all animals; if it is illegal to beat a human, then, it must be...
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