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What are Animal Rights?

By November 30, 2012

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There seems to be a lot of confusion about what "animal rights" means. It doesn't mean that animals should have the same rights as people. It doesn't mean that animal rights activists care more about animals than about people. Or that we should let cows, chickens and pigs live on rolling green pastures before we slaughter them.

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December 2, 2012 at 5:58 pm
(1) Ella says:

I am an animal rights advocate, and have been for many years, Recently I came across some information that was intriging to me. In America we have a sex offender registry for convicts to be tracked, a proposed registry for animal abusers will be a great addition; allowing convicted animal cruelty offenders to be watched, potentially protecting countless other animals. Animals are living; breathing creations just like humans and therefore should be given the same rights or at least close to the same rights as humans. Animals have no voice to speak out in their defense. It is our responsibility to do so. Animal abuse comes in many forms: from neglecting to provide essential food, water, and shelter; hoarding animals, dog/cock fighting, to physically abusing an animal. There have been links between animal abusers and human violence. There is evidence that batterers who also abuse pets may be more dangerous and use more controlling behaviors than those who do not. Animals, of any species, give unconditional love, they don’t judge, and only ask for the most basic of care. If a family can easily look up if there is convicted abusers in their area to protect their household, this bill could potentially save countless lives.

December 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm
(2) AnimalRights says:

The 1970’s and 1980’s were filled with many victories for the Animal Right’s movement. There was not an individual group responsible, but merely the compilation of many activist groups. During this time period, the group took an avid role in ending animal testing for major cosmetic organizations such as Revlon and Avon. Their ultimate goal was to change the methods the companies used. As time went on, new people joined the coalition. Many new ideas and new tactics were brought to light. In one case, bringing the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration lead to groundbreaking advancements in the movement.
Animal rights are a complicated dilemma. Many questions must be addressed. Should animals be treated in the best possible way, even if it is not most beneficial for humans? Is it wrong for humans to consume animals? Do these rules apply to all animals? Is it right to violate the rights of an animal if they conflict with the rights of another animal or the rights of human being? The answers to these questions help make up the foundations for the many animal activist groups. Each group holds different beliefs regarding animals. They also possess different methods for making changes. The ethical views and beliefs about animals fuel they way each group functions.

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