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The Other Animals An Essay About Animal Rights.

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With all I have read in mind I believe that animals, while still being treated humanely, are still there as a means to an end. While I am in opposition to torture and cruelty towards animals I still believe that humans are still superior to other earthly beings, and not just because of opposable thumbs. Once a person is old enough to have their own independent thoughts they begin to form ambitions, goals or other similar concepts. However, on the other hand, animals do not seem to form the same independent thoughts but instead rely solely on their birth given natural instincts. While most of us have the inherent desire to go forward in life and excel to greater things, animals instead seem content with only doing what they know and have relied on their entire life just as ones that existed before them have done. With this being said one must look into whether or not humans are superior and deserve more as far as rights are concerned solely on the premises of their own self propelled thoughts.Peter Singer writes that, by some, sexual discrimination is the last known form of discrimination that should be recognized by people. While I agree that animals do deserve rights that entail being treated fairly and humanely, the line does have to be drawn at some point. If people were to treat all animals as we treat each other then many huge problems could quite possibly arise. One, for example, would be that people would not get the nutritional requirements that their bodies require since meat is as healthy to the body as is vegetables are and is required in a healthy diet. Also, while an animal would be pushed from his home to make more room for us without much hesitation a person would not suffer the same fate. If ten square blocks of New York were to be torn down to make room for other residents then in most cases the people living in the ten square blocks being torn down would be taken care of with new homes being provided. However, animals do not have the same equal rights in that aspect since they do not have the ability to voice their own opinion and instead rely on their natural instincts to find a new home on their own.One also must look at their own local laws towards animals and their rights. While the law does protect the animals to an extent, it does not always protect the habitat they require in order to survive. While it protects a dog from being beaten and inhumanely tortured it does not always protect a squirrel from having his roost torn down to provide new homes to people. While I do believe that this is not always necessarily right, what is there for us to do? Since I believe that a person could contribute much more greatly to society and culture more than a squirrel or a chipmunk than I believe...

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