2nd period E9H
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“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we would all be vegetarian.” - Paul McCartney (www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/animal-rights). This quote is a bold statement but is also very true. What people don’t see tends not to bother them as much. This is especially true when it comes to the mistreatment of animals. Animal mistreatment happens in a variety of ways: how we treat animals used as food, how we treat animals for entertainment, how we treat animals for lab testing, and how we treat animals in the wild. “In the U.S. 64.5% of all dogs are victims of animal cruelty.” (www.humanesociety.org/issues/abuse_neglect/facts/) Animals should be given the right of being treated fairly. Animals have feelings just like you and I do. As U.S.citizens, we are given rights by our country that protect us in our everyday lives. There are many opinions of whether animals are entitled to similar rights. I believe that it is our responsibility to grant our companions the same rights that we uphold.
The right of animals to be treated fairly means different things to different people. Animal activists agree that there are three main rights that animals are entitled to. Those three rights are “Each species has the right to express the natural behaviors of its species; all animals have the right to a natural lifespan without suffering neglect or cruelty, and every animal has the right to a humane death” (Bloyd, 12-13). The first right means that all animals, no matter the species should be able to act in whatever way they were designed to. For example, chickens naturally have the urge to peck for their food, but when enclosed in a small cage they can’t. An example of the second right is veal, baby cows are killed for their meat at the youngest age of 2-3 days old. (Bloyd, 72-73). A clear definition of the third right is all animals should be able to die without suffering. An example of this is beagles being used for testing heart disease by tightening wire around one of the coronary arteries.
It is clear that when these rights are granted, animals live a better life. There have been many advances to ensure the lives of animals are improved. ”47 states currently have felony provisions for animal cruelty.”(www.humanesociety.org/issues/abuse_neglect). For example, certain traps and fur farms have been banned, which has helped decrease the popularity and production of fur coats in the U.S (animallaw.info). In California, foie gras has been banned because animal activists stood up against the inhumane treatment of ducks and geese. (huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/01).Many organizations have contributed to ensuring better rights of animals. These organizations have tried their best to help in whatever way they can to improve conditions for animals. Due to their angel-like efforts they have helped millions of animals in the U.S. Organizations such as PETA, The Humane Society, Nonhuman Rights...