Ethical Treatment of Animals

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Ethical Treatment of Animals
A look the way animals all over are treated

Alexis Johnson
SOC120: Introduction to Ethics & Social Responsibility
Instructor: George Greaves
December 3, 2012

"They never talk about themselves but listen to you while you talk about yourself and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation" - Jerome K. Jerome Anyone who has a pet knows hands down that this is true. While they can’t understand, they are there when you need them to be. A pet, whether it’s a cat; dog; hamster; fish or whatever, is and should be considered as part of your family. You are taking the time to have this living creature in your life; you need to take care of it as you would yourself.

"If a dog won't come to you after having looking you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience." -Woodrow Wilson
When I’m sitting at home watching television, I tend to watch the animal cop shows on animal planet a lot and it breaks my heart to see how people can treat their pets. I have 2 dogs of my own, 2 beautiful American pit bull terriers, and I couldn’t dream of hurting them in anyway. I’ve been doing some reading and watching animal programs that talk about the ethical treatment of animals, it trips me out that some people think that they may being doing the right thing in taking care of their “pets” the way they are, but they aren’t. I believe there are people out there who honestly care about the way animals are treated but might not completely understand that taking care of a pet is like taking care of your children. Treat them the same way you would treat your own family. It’s not just house hold pets though, it’s also animals outside the home like farm animals and the treatment they get, it’s the animals being cared for in sanctuaries and in zoos. All forms of care for animals in the care of humans and not in the wild (should they be wild animals), should be taken seriously and with caution. I think that for anyone taking care of an animal, they should do research and think that what can be done on their part to give that animal the best life they can.

PETA
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are an International organization that was formed in March of 1980. It was founded to bring awareness to plight of animal right. It wasn’t a big organization until it caught attention for the Silver Spring Monkey case in 1981.

In this case, there was a member of PETA working undercover at Institute of Behavioral Research in Silver Springs, Maryland. The PETA representative gathered research and picture on the cruel and unfair treatment of 17 wild-born macaque monkeys. The monkeys had been used as research subjects by Edward Taub, a psychologist, who had cut afferent ganglia that supplied sensation to the brain from their arms, then used arm slings to restrain either the good or deafferented arm to train them to use the limbs they could not feel. While it was because of this research and treatment of the monkeys, that the discovery of neuroplasticity and a new therapy for stroke victims called constraint-induced movement therapy came about. All the monkeys had names. Each monkey lived alone in a wire cage measuring 18 x 18 inches, with no bedding, no food bowl, and no environmental enrichment, the cages kept in a windowless room measuring 15 ft. square. The PETA representative writes that 12 of the 17 monkeys had had one or both arms deafferented, 10 had undergone deafferentation, the seven others acting as the control group. Paul was the eldest. He had had one arm deafferented. He had chewed off all the fingers on that hand and pulled the skin and flesh off the palm, exposing the bone. Billy(another monkey) had undergone surgery to deafferent both arms, and used his feet to pick up food pellets.

While PETA has scored some other big victories against labs and companies that tested on animals, sometimes they are found to not have much of an argument against. If you look...
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