Animal Rights

"Isn't man an amazing animal? He kills wildlife--birds, kangaroos, deer,
all kinds of cats, coyotes, groundhogs, mice, foxes and dingoes--by the million
in order to protect his domestic animals and their feed. Then he kills domestic
animals by the billion and eats them. This in turn kills man by the million,
because eating all those animals leads to degenerative--and fatal--health
conditions like heart disease, kidney disease, and cancer. So then man tortures
and kills millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases. Elsewhere,
millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition
because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile,
some people are dying of sad laughter at the absurdity of man, who kills so
easily and so violently, and once a year sends out cards praying for Peace on
Earth." (Coats, 13)

We need to realize, that in today's society, animals deserve just as
much freedom as humans have. Although we are larger in size, we are not
superior in status. Animals have been around on the earth for as long as humans,
if not longer. Animals play an important role in today's society whether or not
we choose to admit it. Like a newborn baby learning to play with others we must
learn to share the planet with animals.
One of the main issues being disputed today with animal right, is
SUPERIORITY. Over 7 Billion animals die at the hands of humans, in the US,
every year. Out of those 7 Billion animals, about 95% of them are killed for
uses as food. Advocates for animal rights justify their research by presenting
the obvious differences that exist between humans and animals. These include
size, status, strength, and ability. Sometimes, one who is against animal rights
will take the attitude that “God gave them [animals] to us to use.” What these
researchers fail to recognize is PAIN. All creatures are capable of feeling
pain. If a creature is capable of experiencing the pain then they too can wish
for the pain to end. That right, along with many others, of animals is being
denied to them even as we speak. Animals have a few basic rights which should
be observed by all, no matter what company or corporation they belong to. These
rights include freedom, the right to live peacefully in their own environment,
the right to receive respect and most importantly, the right to LIFE.
Throughout history it has been noted by many, that humans have gained
their existence from animals. In 1871, Charles Darwin proposed that one species
could evolve from another. He stated that humans had evolved from other
primates, such as apes and monkeys. Darwin related human feelings to those of
animals. By stating that certain human characteristics could be traced back to
animals, Darwin caused much controversy. He was now contradicting the
traditional relationship between human and animal. In a way, almost putting
them both on the same level. This theory questioned all that was believed to be
true in society and made people think about their purpose.
With many of the experiments done today, animals are mistreated
in every way shape and form. Usually, there is a lack of adequate food and
water. Ventilation for the animals is minimal and many times cages are packed
full with animals, leaving very little if any room to move around. On many
occasions, the animal will die throughout the course of the experiment.
Animals are in laboratories, today, because we are powerful enough to keep them
there, not because they truly belong there. Once we have an animal caged and
restrained, we suddenly gain an even greater feeling of superiority over the
animal. No matter what laws exist, experimentation will continue. This is
because the experimenter's imagination is endless. Our containing the animals
can be related to one's enslavery of another human being.
One way in which many domesticated, yet homeless, animals are brought to
laboratories is through Pound Seizure. Pound Seizure is a law which requires
shelters/pounds to sell, “extra” animals to experimenters. As a result of
Pound Seizure, 200,000 stray/homeless cats and dogs die at the hands of
researchers each year. At the moment, there are five states which allow and
have Pound Seizure Laws. Iowa, MN, OK, SD, and UT all allow these practices to
go on legally.
Today, one major reason that the animal rights movement still plays a
minor part in society is IGNORANCE. Many people feel that animal testing does
not exist because they do not see it directly. What they do not realize is