Ethical Treatment of Animals
As with most subjects which involve ethics, there is more than one point of view. With ethical treatment of animals it is not different. In fact it is a subject which has caused near war type situations. In example there are people who believe that any time animals is killed even if that animal did not suffer it is wrong. On the other hand there are people who glory in eating meat and killing animals. But the bottom line is most people are somewhere in the middle on how they feel about what happens to animals in the world of humans. I am going to go over the some of these ideas and talk about the good and bad of both sides.
The issue of animal rights is a very complex issue. There are both the positive and negative sides, which seem to have major contradictions. Animal rights people propose that the basic interest of animals such as suffering avoidance should be accorded similar attention as give to human beings. One such organization is Peta.
Peta or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Peta may have some of the right ideas in that animals should have rights. Animals should not be made to suffer needlessly. However Peta takes things past merely protecting animals and they have caused harm to humans and even to the animals that they try to help. Peta is an extremist group, and most people have at the very least have heard of them. Most people have an idea of what they are about. Many people are interested in treating animals with respect and responsibility, but a lot of these same people feel that Peta goes too far. Peta has been named by varying government ran organizations such as the USDA, have named Peta as being terrorists. If you have ever seen some of the demonstrations that Peta has done you might see why. On their own website it states very clearly, “Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? •
Animals Are Not Ours to Eat
Animals Are Not Ours to Wear
Animals Are Not Ours to Experiment On
Animals Are Not Ours to Use for Entertainment
Animals Are Not Ours to Abuse in Any Way”(Peta,2011)
I interviewed my dad a bit to get some of his ideas and opinions on animal rights. The reason is that he is a hunter. I asked him to explain from his point of view as a hunter, and someone who enjoys and respects nature. “Many organizations have been created to deal with the issues of hunting and gun control. A few of the better known ones are PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, The Humane Society, and on the other side, the NRA. There are many others, but I am most familiar with these three. First, a little history about me. I started hunting with my brother and father when I was about eight. Just small game at first, squirrels, rabbit, and pheasant until I was 16. Then came deer hunting. I have never hunted larger game than white tail deer. I have owned many guns over the years, from handguns, rifles and shotguns. I have never owned a gun that could not be classified as a hunting weapon. I have never hunted for the “trophy.” I do not believe that cruelty to animals is acceptable. That being said, let’s get back to these well known organizations. All of these organizations talk about animal rights and guns owner rights in one manner or the other. I will discuss PETA and the Humane Society first because they are similar in their philosophy. On the surface, both of these organizations stand for treating animals with the respect that they should be treated with. But if you check out the history of these two well known organizations, they are both guilty of going overboard with the concept of the “ethical” treatment of animals, and they rave on about protecting wild animals rights. Nature has checks and balances to keep...
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