Respecting Animal Rights
We can say that animals and human beings have some similarities in the sense that they have consciousness and they are also very responsive. There are many pet owners in this world who would quickly tell you that animals are unique and they are precious in their own identity, and they should certainly be loved and nurtured. There are people who think that animals cannot feel pain or because their intelligence is lower than human beings that they should not be given the care and nourishment that most pet owners generously give to them.
Animals deserve life, and there are some groups that do not give these rights and privileges to them. Some groups believe that humans should be above all animals and there is a moral distinction between them. There are also those who don’t believe that animals feel, sense, or experience like humans do and that they should not be give a status equal to humans but lower than them. These belief systems came from a wrong sense of righteousness and entitlement. That animals have rights will become significant if people will overcome their cognitive biases.
Another right that animals have is the right to thrive in a clean, safe, and sustainable environment. Humans have been known to wreak havoc on some sensitive ecosystems in the world like turning rainforests into flat plains and coral reefs into ocean deserts. If we destroy the environment for human gain, then we are also destroying the only places which animals can call home. This is the reason why the green movement is also closely linked with the animal rights movement.
There are animals or animal parts that are being used for products that is to be sold in the market and this is one display of human greed that is gaining popularity. Economic incentive makes this people think that it is alright to kill animals for the sake of gain. For example, elephants are killed for their tusks, sharks are killed for their fins, and other people who kill animals because of the commodity they get from it. It is disturbing how the basic rights of animal life are discarded and replaced with a dollar sign. Since animals have a right to live free of suffering at the hands of humans, it is important that we consider viable alternatives to animal products.
Animal rights activists are very strong in what they believe in. Below are some of these rights that animals rights advocates believe in.
Animals are conscious beings, not machines or objects. There are also things that animals are interested in. Human beings should be responsible to respect interests of animals. Exploitation of animals by human beings is disregarding their rights. If humans treat animals as objects then they are violating animal rights. Human beings should not kill animals.
It takes volumes to really cover the scope of animals rights.