DE English, Block 3Y
March 13th, 2013
The use of animals for entertainment or gaming constitutes animal cruelty because they are subject to unjust suffering or harm. Animal rights activists are justified in their belief that the use of animals for entertainment or gaming constitutes animal cruelty because it is proven through factual evidence that animals suffer needlessly in the name of entertainment. Animals are victims of violence when they are forcefully involved in activities for the purpose of entertainment, and should not be exploited by humans because they are unable to make decisions for themselves. Although animals are incapable of giving consent to participate in such events, these defenseless creatures should be entitled to rights that protect them from further acts of cruelty.
Animals Deserve Rights
Animal cruelty is defined as the crime of inflicting physical pain, suffering or death on an animal, usually a tame one, beyond necessary force for normal discipline. It can include neglect that is so monstrous—withholding food and water—that the animal has suffered, died or been put in imminent danger of death. Animal rights activists contend that the use of animals for sports or any form of entertainment can also be labeled as animal cruelty. They claim that activities such as dogfighting, circuses, magic shows, and training elephants cause animals to suffer needlessly in order to gratify the entertainment of other people. The opposite side of the argument asserts that there is nothing wrong with using animals for entertainment purposes, as long as the animals are treated humanely. They emphasize that animals are doing what their instincts tell them to do; they were born and bred into behaving a certain way and do not suffer from violent activities. Aware of both sides of the argument, at what point are ethics broached when we use animals to our benefit? Do federal regulations go too far to impose animal rights or do they need to tighten up on the restrictions that protect animals from cruelty? Although rights are ethical principles applicable only to beings capable of reason and choice, animals are vulnerable against violence and should be subject to rights that protect them from harm, including exploitation by humans for entertainment purposes.
Every day animals are endangered by thoughtless and immoral actions as a result of human exploitation—they are left defenseless against their malice behavior. There are many different reasons why humans abuse animals. Some believe there are justifications that permit manipulation of animals, especially if their intentions are to provide entertainment or for sport. Although in a recent article, Cruelty on the Court by Gemma Vaughan, there is an indication that humans abandon all morality and treat animals with shockingly aggressive behavior for sport purposes. The article is about a school fundraiser put on by some districts that includes a cruel spectacle called “donkey basketball” that should have been banned a long time ago. In these events, donkeys are victims of gross mistreatment as students and faculty shoot hoops from the back of the animals. Donkeys used in these fundraisers are repeatedly handled roughly by rowdy riders who are more interested in putting on a good show for audiences rather than treating these animals with the care they deserve. It is described in the article how donkeys used for basketball games are loaded and unloaded onto tractor-trailers and hauled back and forth from each event. An appalling statistic reinforces the notion that the donkeys are subjects of animal cruelty: “According to The Donkey Sanctuary in the U.K., an average-size donkey is not able to bear much more than 100 pounds, yet in most games, donkeys are forced to carry riders weighting 150 pounds or more” (Vaughan, 2012). This incidence is a convincing piece of evidence that animals are subject to...