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Should animals have the same rights as humans?

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Started: 3/2/2015 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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I believe animals should have the same rights as humans because they are living things and they can feel pain.A few things from the website says: Supporters of animal rights believe that animals have an inherent worth"a value completely separate from their usefulness to humans. We believe that every creature with a will to live has a right to live free from pain and suffering. 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. As PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk has said, "When it comes to pain, love, joy, loneliness, and fear, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy. Each one values his or her life and fights the knife."

Only prejudice allows us to deny others the rights that we expect to have for ourselves. Whether it"s based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or species, prejudice is morally unacceptable. If you wouldn"t eat a dog, why eat a pig? Dogs and pigs have the same capacity to feel pain, but it is prejudice based on species that allows us to think of one animal as a companion and the other as dinner.


Hello, I will show why animals shouldn't have the same rights as humans.

First, let's define some terms:

1. Animal:

any member of the kingdom Animal, comprising multicellular organisms that have well-defined shape and usually limited growth, can move voluntarily, actively acquire food and digest it internally, and have sensory and nervous systems that allow them to respond rapidly to stimuli: some classification schemes also include protozoa and certain other single-celled eukaryotes that have motility and animal like nutritional modes. [1].

2. Human:

of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or having the nature of people. [2].

3. Rights:

rights to personal liberty established by the 13th and 14th Amendments to the U.S.Constitution and certain Congressional acts, especially as applied to an individual or minority group. [3].

Should animals have the same rights as humans?

We humans are conscious, intelligent, and far more developed than any other creature (that we know of...). We have developed a civilization, a complex society. We have developed civil rights here in the U.S. that give liberty and freedom to humans, and these laws endorse equality.

Pro claims animals deserve these rights as well.

If we were to observe these rights to animals, our society would be a mess. Not only do animals not understand what is happening, this will cause a disruption to the economy. By giving animals the right to life, that means we would have to pass numerous bills and laws through congress that would make killing of these animals a crime. Would this becoming a crime stop anyone from killing or hurting animals? Not domestically. So this would cause millions of dollars to be wasted on investigations and efforts into equality of animals. We would also have to go through efforts of respecting each animal, such as animal version of bodily autonomy. A good example would be cats and dogs. We wouldn't be able to spay or neuter these animals, and this would cause excessive population growth in their population. Society won't have the time to care for all of these individuals and this could even become a health hazard and public danger. Aside from that, it would outlaw the ability to kill hostile animals without probable cause. If we where to give animals such rights, we would also destroy the billion dollar food industry. Millions of jobs would be lost, which would throw the economy into a down spiral, and we would be at a loss of food for our society. There are over 300 million people in the U.S. Alone. If those 300 million are not able to kill animals for food, there would certainly be a loss of life due to starvation. The country wouldn't be able to handle such a change in the economy.

We shouldn't give animals the same rights, because they are not humans, and don't understand the gravity of our society and have no ability in making decisions or being a benefit. There are already animal cruelty laws in place to prevent the killing of animals. Hunting and food production are necessary to survival, and the well being of a country, and allowing the millions of animals to live would not be a good decision for an economy or health of a country.




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Posted by really12 1 year ago
Does your debate imply that meat production should be formally abolished?

Don't get me wrong I own and love a Shih Tzu dog and a Ginger Cat as well as a myriad of Fish and I must admit that they are the most loving and loyal beings I have met (my human friends and family excluded).

You must understand that animals integrated into society are divided into two groups, livestock and pets, livestock are bred for meat production and consumption for our sustenance, whereas, pets are those furry members of our families.

Of course, in the wild, there is wildlife that are unfortunately becoming extinct due to deforestation and oil spills as well as poaching. That is where the PETA, RSPCA, and WNSF come in to make sure that these animals are treated fairly and justly.

One more thing, direct animal abuse is actually a violation of statute law, so unless if you're implying that those who directly abuse animals should face the death penalty? Then animals already have equal rights to us.
Posted by Trans4mers434 1 year ago
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