Animals have a right not to be harmed :red_flag: - Coggle Diagram
Animals have a right not to be harmed :red_flag:
They recoil from pain, appear to express fear of a tormentor, and appear to take pleasure in activities; a point clear to anyone who has observed the behaviour of a pet dog on hearing the word “walk”.
If we accept as true for sake of argument, that all humans have a right not to be harmed, simply by virtue of existing as a being of moral worth, then we must ask what makes animals so different.
If animals can feel what we feel, and suffer as we suffer, then to discriminate merely on the arbitrary difference of belonging to a different species, is analogous to discriminating on the basis of any other morally arbitrary characteristic, such as race or sex.
If sexual and racial moral discrimination is wrong, then so too is specieism
If we have a life, then why animals live theirs If we have our rights then, shouldn't they have the same rights. In fact, animals do have souls. When we die, what are the chances of us becoming animals, would you want to be tested on
If an animal dies during an experiment or test, no results will be gathered. This would only lead to more animals dying before anything conclusive is achieved.
What is even worse is that when an animal dies, the ecosystem will be damaged and human beings will pay for the price. Nature has a very delicate system that will cause a chain reaction if disturbed. When this happens no human will be safe. So why mess with the works of Mother Nature
The differences between us and other vertebrates are a matter of degree rather than kind
Not only do they closely resemble us anatomically and physiologically, but so too do they behave in ways which seem to convey meaning.
Our reasons for believing that our fellow humans are capable of experiencing feelings like ourselves can surely only be that they resemble us both in appearance and behaviour (we cannot read their minds).
Thus any animal sharing our anatomical, physiological, and behavioural characteristics is surely likely to have feelings like us.
Animals are subjected to tests that are often painful or cause permanent damage or death, and they are never given the option of not participating in the experiment.
Animals do not willingly sacrifice themselves for the advancement of human welfare and new technology. Their decisions are made for them because they cannot vocalize their own preferences and choices.
When humans decide the fate of animals in research environments, the animals' rights are taken away without any thought of their well-being or the quality of their lives. Therefore, animal experimentation should be stopped because it violates the rights of animals.
Animal rights is not just a philosophy—it is a social movement that challenges society’s traditional view that all nonhuman animals exist solely for human use.
You don’t have to be a philosopher to know that hurting animals is wrong. At its core, animal rights is simple. It’s about being kind to others – whether they’re members of our own species or not.
Almost everyone cares about animals in some context, whether it’s a beloved family companion, an irresistibly cute kitten or a majestic wild animal seen in a documentary
After all, we each have some built-in capacity for empathy and compassion, as can be seen from the lengths that children often go to in order to help animals.
Logically and morally, there’s no reason to differentiate in the way we treat the animals we share our homes with and those who are farmed for food. They’re all individuals, with the same capacity to feel pain and fear. Animal rights helps us to look past the arbitrary distinctions between different species, to rediscover our innate compassion and to respect all animals equally.