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N.G-Debate
Pro (for)
The Contender
johnvictor
Con (against)

Animal cruelty and abuse should be held equal to human cruelty and abuse

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Started: 2/18/2018 Category: Society
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Debating Period
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N.G-Debate

Pro

Humans are animals. The only difference between us and a dog is that we have a slightly higher brain capacity. In the UK pets are considered to be property of the owner, if the owner of a pet decided to abuse it then they would receive a fine and possibly time in jail, if very severe. However if this owner decided to abuse their child they would be jailed and the child would be protected, never to see the parent again. Both are living sentient creatures yet one is given more rights than another just because it wasn't bought. The law should be changed so that all creatures should be treated equally, no being should face abuse and cruelty, especially the ones who cannot fend for themselves.
johnvictor

Con

To start with, what would we call animal cruelty ?
Animals are classified according to their species.
If I am cruel to a specie, does it generalize to others.
To remove obscurity, I will stick to the Conventional
Lower and Higher animals.

For lower animals....
How can I be cruel to an animal that cannot even
comprehend cruelty.
For instance, if I happen to chase away my Dog for no reason , would
it justify itself by barking / sticking around or simply move
to any convenient place.
If it stays, then we would affirm that it comprehended unfairness,
and was trying to make a point.
If it goes, then it was oblivious.

Animals without clue of cruelty should be used to
requirement, even up to Lengths deemed cruel by humans.
Debate Round No. 1
N.G-Debate

Pro

You are saying that as animals are unable to comprehend cruelty then it is okay that they face it. The animals that are unable to comprehend it should be used for our beneficial purposes. Then, by your reasoning, humans that are unable to comprehend cruelty and discrimination towards them might as well be used for our beneficial purposes. For example, someone who suffers from a mental illness or severe brain damage, someone who is unable to comprehend cruelty aimed at them, should be 'used to requirement'. Surely to someone or some other living creature who cannot comprehend cruelty should be helped and protected by those who do. Just because they cannot comprehend cruelty doesn't mean that they should still have to face it.
johnvictor

Con

Rationally, we would see the possibilities from embracing
Animal cruelty.
There are handy animals who are of benefit through the
subjection of cruelty.
For one, we can whip a horse to our own self Interest, being apathetic
to its emotions, so that it can move or go beyond its current pace.
Will such whipping be seen as an act of cruelty ?
We could go on, whipping the horse, caring less for its feeling,
using it to REACH OUR DESTINATION.

When dealing with lower animals (animals that lack specialisation),
We must be "Cruel". They don't think like we do, and we don't expect
them to comply with our demands.

If you approach a goat, and it runs, what would you do to bring it back ? Benevolence ?
Sure, that would be if it were so.
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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by KwLm 2 years ago
KwLm
If it were to be equal, how would you lock a dog up in jail for viciously attacking an adult or child on the street with no provocation? How do you teach an animal such as a dog that what it did was wrong? How would an animal know remorse without a conscience, they're just animals, not humans
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