The Basic Principle of the Animal Rights Movement

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The basic principle of the Animal Rights movement is that nonhuman animals deserve to live according to their own natures, free from harm, abuse, and exploitation. Advocates of animal rights try to extend the human circle beyond our species to include other animals, which are also capable of feeling pain, fear, hunger, thirst, loneliness, and kinship. These people firmly believe in life for anything with any senses. Not only do activist acknowledge the suffering of nonhumans and attempts to reduce them suffering through "humane" treatment, but they also have a goal to eliminate the use and exploitation of animals which defers the two- Animal Welfare movement, and the Animal Rights movement. Animals have no rights; they are basically property, until humans become involved. The rights they have earned aren’t for their own sake; it’s merely for our own. Lisa Yount states in Animal Rights that “Laws have protected animals only in order to benefit humans, for instance that meat is fresh and therefore is likely safe to eat” (9). The concern of animals rights began shortly after World War II when farming and medical research needed the use of animals to complete these tasks. During the rest of the 20th century and beginning of 21st century people began to question the basic morals for animals after treatment from agriculture, entertainment, wildlife and science. Rather than using animals for entertainment, scientific testing, or hunting (food), animal rights activist fight to end the title of ‘property’. Animal welfare activists practice just the opposite. The commotion that has stirred upon these two approaches is the beating and neglect that has been going on upon these animals. Animals are being used for entertainment purposes. When you’re in the stand watching a circus or rodeo these animals are being abused to perform for the public, then confined in uncomfortable cages with no room to roam. These circus animals are being whipped, and shocked by electric prods...
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