Animals Deserve Rights Not Abuse
Animals have been seen as a lower species for decades. They have little to no rights and are sometimes treated inhumanely. No rights are given to them, so when they are abused there is little to no consequences. Hit an animal, make them live in dirty environments, forgot to feed them, leave them in the hot temperatures with no water, or torture them and the consequences are minor compared to the cruelty forced on that animal. Animals should have certain rights so that abusers can have harsher consequences which in turn could help with future crimes, but doesn’t mean that they can’t be raised to feed our society or be used for other services.
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But animals are like foreigners, we may not understand what they are saying or how they live but that doesn’t mean they don’t have some similarities to humans. Animals have families that we call different names, mothers protect their young, parents or elders help to feed their families and they mourn their dead, it may not be the way we do but they do it too. They speak a different language than us, their life styles may not match ours and their families have different dynamic than mankind, but does that make them any less valuable than man. Other countries have already realized that animals are different than us but still deserve some rights. They see animals as more than just objects they can manipulate. They notice what the animals bring to society and how they improve the life of people. According to Adam Cohen’s article Can Animal Rights Go Too Far (2010) “Switzerland has a 160 page animal rights law with some of the world’s stiffest rules for the treatment of nonhumans, including the minimum amount of space that a Mongolian gerbils must be given and a ban on keeping social animals alone.” This may seem extreme, but they are making a stand on animal rights, they are showing the world that animals may be different than us but doesn’t mean they should be treated as dirt beneath our feet.
Looking at the world news today people can find stories on dog fighting rings, animal hoarding, animal abuse, as well as, murder and rape. It doesn’t seem like anyone can turn on the TV or open a paper without some sort of story on a violent crimes either associated with animals or not. It gets people to think if there is a connection between the two. Researchers have been looking to see if there is a correlation between animal abuse and violent crimes. According to the American Humane Association (2009) “In one study, 70% of animal abusers also had records for other crimes. Domestic violence victims whose animals were abused saw the animal cruelty as one more violent episode in a long history of indiscriminate violence aimed at them and their vulnerability.” This is something most people don’t really think about. Animals can be tortured by children who later in life could commit a more serious crime, such as murder, domestic violence, or a number of other violent crimes. The abuser sees the animal as a lower vulnerable being that they can control and use how they want. They don’t see them as a species that deserves to be protected and treated humanely, they are peoples little play toys. Animal cruelty problems are people problems, when animals are abused people can be at risk as well.
Animal abusers are more likely to commit violent crimes and property damage than people without a history of animal abuse. Pet-Abuse.com broke it down to bare essentials:
"Abusing an animal is a way for a human to find power/joy/fulfillment through the torture of a victim they know cannot defend itself. Now break down a human crime, say rape. If we...