A Change in Heart about Animals
Jeremy Rifkin makes some very interesting points in this article “A Change of Heart about Animals.” I agree with his point of view that animals do feel pain and have many characteristics similar to humans. In his article he states that “Recent studies in the brain chemistry of rats show that when they play, their brains release large amount amounts of dopamine, a neurochemical associated with pleasure and excitement in human being”. If we were so different from animals how it is even possible that they can have the same emotions as we do. Animals are capable of having feelings, they can feel when something is wrong or good, it’s the relationship you build between them. “Elephants will often stand next to their dead kin for days, occasionally touching their bodies with their trunks.” This shows that this animal is aware that its Kin is dead, this is another thing that humans experience when a loved has passed away. I find it ridiculous when people say that humans are the dominate species because if it weren’t for the weapons that we have created, we would be defenseless against most animals. I understand that many of us eat meat, I myself eat meat too, but the way we over abuse the animals is not good. Many people say that why should we care if animals don’t care either, that its survival of the fittest. What these people don’t realize is that, yes it is survival of the fittest but that’s their way of living they don’t ever over eat, animals just get the amount they need. On the other hand us humans we breed tons and tons of animals and treat them very poorly as if they didn’t have any emotions. This is were they’re wrong animals do feel the pain and torture. They don’t have a voice to speak the truth but we can make a change.
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