Animal Activists: Right or Wrong?


Kayla Weekley, Author

Legislative Work
Sad pig waiting to be slaughtered

People often say that they love animals and that they consider their pets to be part of the family, but many draw the line there when it comes to animal rights. Why should animals have rights? What rights should animals have? How are those rights different from human rights?Animal rights are legal or moral rights to which nonhuman animals are believed to be entitled. Many people agree that an animal’s basic right is to be free from ill-treatment and cruelty, however, some opinions differ.

Some animal rights activists believe that animals should not be used in scientific and medical experiments. Others are against the use of animals as sources of entertainment, for example, in circuses, rodeos, and races. Some people also believe that it is wrong to keep animals in zoos or to kill them for food and clothing.

“It is time we demand an end to the misguided and abusive concept of animal ownership. The first step on this long, but just, road would be ending the concept of pet ownership.” Says Elliot Katz, President of “Defense of Animals”

Corporations’ policies are working on ending the use of wild animals for entertainment and the exotic pet trade. They also encourage people to reduce the amount of cruelly produced factory-farmed meat they eat.”If an animal has any rights at all, it’s got the right not to be eaten” Says Gary Francione, Bernards Book, Food for Life.

BBC - Earth - Many animals can become mentally ill
Sad monkey

Animals have long been categorized as things, not as persons. While legal persons have rights of their own, legal things do not. Some argue that animals should not be held as highly as humans since they believe animals do not have an immortal soul. Another argument is that humans should not feel any obligation to animals because animals are irrational.

People believe animals should not have rights people argue that many of the world’s food consumption through animal products. Arguing that animal should not be used for clothes, people argue that if everyone around the world would refrain from shoes and clothing made of leather and wool it would be harder to make clothing.

With animal rights there would be no more zoos, which would mean that many animal species would have to die out permanently, and zoological and behavioral research would come to an end.

Although opinions differ there are numerous reasons arguing if animals should have rights or not. I believe animals should have rights because there are so many animals around the world suffering from being used for entertainment, food, medicine, fashion, scientific advancement, and as exotic pets. Every animal deserves to have a good life.