Animal Rights

Essay by GarciaStHigh School, 12th gradeA, February 1996

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"Isn't man an amazing animal? He kills wildlife--birds,

kangaroos, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, groundhogs, mice, foxes and

dingoes--by the million in order to protect his domestic animals and their

feed. Then he kills domestic animals by the billion and eats them. This in

turn kills man by the million, because eating all those animals leads to

degenerative--and fatal--health conditions like heart disease, kidney

disease, and cancer. So then man tortures and kills millions more animals

to look for cures for these diseases. Elsewhere, millions of other human

beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they

could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile, some

people are dying of sad laughter at the absurdity of man, who kills so

easily and so violently, and once a year sends out cards praying for

"Peace on Earth." (Coats, 13)

We need to realize, that in today's society, animals

deserve just as much freedom as humans have.

Although we

are larger in size, we are not superior in status. Animals have

been around on the earth for as long as humans, if not

longer. Animals play an important role in today's society

whether or not we choose to admit it. Like a newborn baby

learning to play with others we must learn to share the

planet with animals.

One of the main issues being disputed today with animal

right, is SUPERIORITY. Over 7 Billion animals die at the

hands of humans, in the US, every year. Out of those 7

Billion animals, about 95% of them are killed for uses as

food. Advocates for animal rights justify their research by

presenting the obvious differences that exist between humans

and animals. These include size, status, strength, and ability.

Sometimes, one who is against animal rights will take the...