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Do animals have rights? If so, how do we define them? Are they different from human rights? If so, how? Why?

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Do animals have rights? If so, how do we define them? Are they different from human rights? If so, how? Why? "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. " -Article 1 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. UN Laws under the article of human rights begins with these clauses: Human rights refer to the supposed "basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled." We all have the right to education, food and other daily needs. We respect our own rights and we try to accept rights of other mammals existing on our planet. Animal rights activists state that humans should have an approach towards animal rights the same as to human rights. After all, animals also deserve the basic right to freedom to life. ...read more.

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If we, would respect animal rights like the rights of people we would all be vegetarians. To what extent these rights are true, depend on peoples' moral beliefs. Most of the people would refuse to eat dog meat and would eat pork when actually scientist proved that pigs are very clever animals and have similar brain and heart structure to humans. Our pets compared to animals in farming have much more important rights. On the other hand, we are part of a culture, which uses animals for food, their fur for clothes, for research when developing new drugs, also when determining safety of some daily uses products. This use of animals gives a great deal of pain to animals and people can find books written about humans torturing animals. Though, when it comes to question we ask ourselves if we would better choose a rat or human to do some development drug test on, of course we wouldn't choose humans because they are our species. ...read more.

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Poaching and hunting for the fur of animals and for making leather has not only resulted in the extinction of numerous species but has also led to an ecological imbalance. Therefore, sooner or later we will have to face the wrath of the nature. What we do now may have a negative effect on us. Serious food chain issues may lead to scarcity of food and humans will starve to death. Therefore, it is a perfect time to realise the importance of animal rights and start living in harmony with nature. Hence I would like to conclude by stating the following: "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the ways its animals are treated."-Mahatma Gandhi. We need to follow animal rights but they can never be the same as human rights unless there will appear another animal species that will be more clever than we are now. Though now we cannot always rely on the law as Aristotle said. ...read more.

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