Animal Rights: a Right Equally Given to Humans

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Cornwell 1
Kimberly Cornwell
Professor Reynolds
English 111
1 November 2011
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The issue of animal rights revolves around the question of whether animals should be given the same rights as humans. (“Animal Rights” Current issues: Macmillian Social Science Library. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 1 Nov. 2011) I feel that animals should be treated kindly but using animals in experiments for science and medicine can sometimes be very useful. Many people believe that animals lack the mental and spiritual qualities of humans.

Then there is animal welfare which is not the same thing as animal rights. Animal welfare is the idea that animals deserve a certain level of protection from pain caused by humans. (“Animal Rights” Current issues: Macmillian Social Science Library. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 1 Nov. 2011 ) Organizations such as the SPCA have increased public awareness for the neglected or abused animals and have fought for laws that offer varying degrees of protection. Today, people who have pets, who raise or slaughter livestock, or who own or work with animals are expected to follow basic standards of care. (“Animal Rights” Current issues: Macmillian Social Science Library. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 1 Nov. 2011) If they don’t give them food or water, or treat them badly, they can be prosecuted as a crime. Not many people dispute the need for some standards of animal welfare.

Animal rights is a completely different matter. In its most extreme version, animal rights is the idea that animals are entitled to the same rights and freedoms as humans. (“Animal Rights” Current issues: Macmillian Social Science Library. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 1 Nov. 2011 ) People who defend animal rights say its wrong for humans to make any use of animals. Those who are animal activists say its wrong to eat meat, where...
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