Animal Rights

Essay by Elizabeth BurkeCollege, UndergraduateA+, November 1996

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Many people feel that animals have no rights and are here solely for our use. Humans are animals too, we shouldn't take advantage of other animals just because they can't reason like us.

Animals are used in medical research labs as experiments. These experiments are meant only to benefit humans. I'm not totally against testing,some good can come of it. But when are tortured

and abused in the process then there is something wrong with it. For example in the early 1980's baboons were involved in experiments to find out more about comas. There was no care given to whether or not the animal would be hurt by this procedure. They just strapped the baboon to a metal device, which would force it's head upward at a sixty degree angle and then crush it with violent force. The baboon would then writhe and moan before falling silent.

This experiment meant to simulate what happens to human beings in a car crash or a violent head injury.

It isn't right to cause pain, suffering, and certain death to animals just for our benefit. Many scientists also agree that this experimental procedure was wrong but only because primates have higher intelligence. I don't think it is right for any animal of high or low intelligence, to suffer that way. In other laboratories animals are confined to small cages or locked up so that thay can't move. They are then used to test cosmetics and household chemicals. They have chemicals poured on to their eyes and skin to see if they cause irritation. These experiments would hurt the animals by causing burns and evn blinding them sometimes.

I don't think it is right to hold these animals, caged against their wills and hurting them repeatedly. Nothing is done to ease or prevent their...