Animal Rights: Analysis About Peta Activist

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Miranda Nicholson
Miss Light
English 101-035
16 November 2012
Rights (Of the Animal Variety)
Thesis: Members of PETA are too extreme with their fight for what they believe because they fail to recognize that many animals are needed for food, resources, economic success and necessary labor. I. Society needs food and some of that food should come from animals. A. The number 10 billion may be shocking but the killing of animals for food is necessary. The alternative of being a vegetarian is always an option, but humans have the free will to make their own decisions, especially when it comes to eating. Therefor, the killing of animals should not be deemed cruel or illegal. B. Society has a dependance on the slaughtering of animals. The profits that come from processing animals are a huge part of economic success and the resources gathered from the animals are used wherever they are able to be used. For example, the fat from a cow can be used for plastic, soaps, cough syrup and cosmetics. II. Along with pointing out to PETA that processing animals is vital for food and economic success, a clear line needs to be drawn between the value of humans and the value of animals. A. A protest was given by PETA for the billions of fish abused and killed by humans for food and sport.

1. PETA went as far as to make an empathy quilt for the fish that shows humans impaled on fishing hooks and slogans like, “Don’t Be a Fool...Fishing Is Cruel”.
2. PETA is too extreme with their protests and by these protests, humanity is devalued. Fish and humans are very different and if PETA thinks fishing is wrong than the killing of bovines, chickens and goats for food and other resources would also be seen as cruel. D. PETA follows the definition of an animal rightist by claiming that animals are of equal importance as humans.

1. PETA is too extreme with their approach to attaining rights for animals and fits the definition of an animal rightist.
2. Being a vegetarian can be seen as wrong in PETA’s view.
3. Through PETA’s actions, animals and humans are seen to have equal value, which is wrong.
4. What PETA needs to understand is that the slaughtering of animals is necessary for food, resources and economic success. III. Along with pointing out to PETA that processing animals is vital for food and economic success, a clear line needs to be drawn between the value of humans and the value of animals. A. Farms are not a prison for animals. Animals do not know any better about where they are being kept.

1. Abusive situations, for example; filthy crates, stalls or water, are cruel and should not be tolerated.
2. Farm animals are necessary but the standards on how to treat them, physiologically and behaviorally, need to be discovered and determined.
3. Even now, society has many machines that can now plow a field in day compared to the long process of having a Clydesdale work at full potential for a week. PETA should realize that animals are more safe now than before.

Miranda Nicholson
Miss Light
English 101-035
16 November 2012
Rights (Of the Animal Variety)
In America, the history and debate of rights has been a reoccurring theme. By having rights, a border is drawn as to what is appropriate and what is not. Even though it is a right to be able to protest or boycott, there are still lines that are drawn. These lines are both legal lines and moral lines; a legal line is something that is required by law as a moral line is an overall feeling of right and wrong. Though, these two lines can be confused and some may feel that following what they believe is right is more important than following any law. When it comes to animals’ rights, members of PETA are too extreme with their fight for what they believe is morally right because they fail to recognize that many animals are needed for food, resources, economic success and necessary...
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