Animal Rights: Do They Deserve Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happiness?

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Do animals deserve the natural rights humans have? Animals are being kept captive in science labs to test many things. In research labs they are used to test many trivial products and they are used in valuable medical research. Many animal right activists go as far as breaking the law as an attempt to get the point across about the wellbeing of animals in science labs. The welfare of animals should be considered in experiments, although they are a substantial benefit to medical research there should still be strict enforced regulations set to stop the unnecessary pain and suffering of the animals.
There are many animal rights activist groups asking that an animal’s life be seen just as valuable as the life of a human. Having “natural rights” for animals defined would mean imprisoning and holding trials for animals that break the law, realistically this is not a defensible philosophy. According to Lee and Ames natural rights for animals is a “flawed philosophy” that contradicts itself. The concept of natural rights for animals would jeopardize all medical research. Animals in the laboratory are mostly used for biomedical research, education and product safety testing. Saraf and Kumarawamy note that almost every medical achievement in this century depended on the use of animals in some way (6). Animal experiments have provided the knowledge necessary to comprehend and develop more effective treatments, but “the opposition to use animals for research purpose has always existed” (Saraf and Kurmarawamy 8). Rabbits were used in the early 1920s as a pregnancy test, because high levels of hCG if injected into a female rabbit caused death, this experiment contributed to the development of the at home pregnancy tests that are used today and this is an example of why animal experiments cannot be completely eliminated. “Majority of people approve the use of animals in biomedical research that does not cause pain to the animals and leads to a new treatment and cures” asserts Saraf and Kumarawamy (7), but in reality no kind of animal experimentation is not harmful unless it is observational experimentation. Animals are used for educational purposes in biology classes to be dissected as well as in training surgical techniques for medical and veterinary students, this factor benefits not just humans but the animals also (Ranganatha and Kuppast 28). Instead of finding a common ground for the wellbeing of animals activists go to the extreme. Extreme activism such as breaking the law, destruction, threats or outrageous statements does not urge people to want to listen without thinking majority of animal activist are senseless. For example Lee and Ames noted that in...

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