Animal rights supporters believe that it is morally wrong to use or exploit animals in any way and that human beings should not do so. Animal welfare supporters believe that it can be morally acceptable for human beings to use or exploit animals, as long as the suffering of the animals is either eliminated or reduced to the minimum. For people who think like this, the suffering to animals is at the heart of the issue, and reducing the suffering reduces the wrong that is done. Supporters of animal rights don't think that doing wrong things humanely makes them any less wrong. Do animals need rights? No one suggests that animals should have all the same rights as human beings. There are many rights that are entirely irrelevant to animals, such as freedom of religion, freedom of speech, the right to vote, and the right to an education. Accepting that animals have rights restricts human beings, and may even cause people to die who might otherwise have lived. For example, it means that human beings can't use animals in medical experiments even if this restriction will lead to the death of many human beings from a disease for which a cure might be discovered through animal experimentation. Background/Review of the Literature
Like most animal rights groups, PETA is not an animal welfare organization. Animal welfare groups seek to ensure the humane treatment of animals like a local humane animal shelter. Furthermore, as pointed out by PETA, “Animal rights groups seek equal rights for animals with humans to prevent people from using or owning animals in any way.” Animal welfare organizations have been around for centuries. Animal rights groups emerged in the 1980s with the rise of PETA. Animal rights groups defend their position by claiming many other animals are psychological beings just like humans, with an experiential welfare of their own. Therefore, humans and animals are the same and equal, and we have no right to use animals for food, clothing...
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