Should Animal Rights Be Equal? Essay

1775 Words Dec 4th, 2015 null Page
As the sun sets, you sit on the edge of the dock with a fishing pole in one hand and a water bottle in the other. Waiting anxiously, you feel the first bite. As you reel in the fish you are filled with gratitude because now you know there will be dinner on the table. Staring on the flopping fish, you hear the screaming voices of animal rights extremists repeatedly saying, “You are a criminal”. Is it wrong to kill fish and other animals if it’s benefitting humans? As scientists increase their research, the contrasting views on animal rights grow as well. Most people would convey that it is morally right to kill an animal. Then there are some who go to the extreme and say we shouldn’t use animals for food or clothing purposes. Many extremists cringe at the thought of touching animals and believe that we should allow them to live comfortably in their environments forever. This leaves us with several important questions: Where does the line cross? Should animal rights be equal to those of humans? Are animals, people too?
Over the centuries, the rights of animals have been ever-changing. In ancient times, animals were mostly used for food, transportation and clothing. Animals were often protected, but never had rights like human beings. Fast-forward in time, now we have people arguing that primates should have the right to sue if they feel threatened or mistreated (Siebert). Local governments today are conversing on if animals should be given rights that are equal to human…

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