Honors English Period 4
Tuesday, April 1st 2014
If people believe it is wrong to kill another person for food, clothing, or scientific research then it should be wrong to kill animals for the same purposes. Society needs to realize, that today, animals deserve just as much freedom as humans have. Animal right's is a movement of individuals that support giving non-human animals life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. Animals need to experience just as much equality as humans do. "The basic principle of equality does not require equal or identical treatment; it requires equal consideration" (Singer 20). Non-human animals can clearly feel pleasure and pain, happiness and misery. Humans are able to make a choice of whether to protect or hurt an animal while the choices are stripped from the animal itself. Abusing and mistreating animals for the sole purpose of experimentation, hunting, and imprisoning them in zoos has proven unethical and inhumane and therefore, must be stopped.
The very first issue that has been a developing problem is experimentation on animals. Every year in the U.S., over 25 million animals are used in biomedical experimentation, product and cosmetic testing, and science education. "The animals' subjected to scientific tests experience suffering, torture and death" (Levine 26). If society does not do something soon, scientists will continue with their barbaric and torturous ways of "testing". Today, power is a vast weapon humans possess. If someone acquires power, they can do anything and everything. "Animals are in laboratories because we are powerful enough to keep them there, not because it is where they belong" (Carlsen, 44). The experimenter is taking the power and their rights away from the animal.
The legally approved experiments on animals are conducted in the...