Argumentative Essay: Should Animals Have Animal Rights?

This controversial topic seems to never end. Should animals have human rights? A supporter of animal rights may say that animals deserve to be treated, as humans whereas a non -supporter may say animals “are irrational and incapable of living in rights” (source). Although both sides of this topic hold evidence and strong points to back up their belief, I truly believe animals should have human rights. Animals deserve rights, and these rights should obliterate animal experimentation, abandonment, and abuse. Speciesism, “an idea that animals could be considered legal persons with rights”, should be enforced in our society today (Google). A perfect example as to how this idea should take place is the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. This event began …show more content…
Companies such as Maybelline, Tide, Clorox, Pantene, M.A.C and Pampers still use animal experimentation on their products today. The benefits of animal testing include life saving treatments and cures. According to the Biomedical Research Association, “nearly every medical breakthrough in the last 100 years has resulted directly from research using animals” (Animal-Testing.org). Because of animal testing, many lives have been saved and I personally think that is excellent. But could we possibly use anything else besides animals? Animals have lives, too. To be experimented on and tested on, it doesn’t fulfill Gods purpose for animals. God speaks through animals as he does to us, too. But does animal testing fulfill that purpose? I am thankful for animal testing but the cons outweigh the pros. Some cons to animal testing include how its inhumane, which I agree with, and cruel. There are alternatives methods for animal testing now, so why should we keep using the lives of animals to benefit ours? If we can use glass testing, then why would we continue to risk animals to lives to save our own? In glass testing, the results produce more accurate results than an animal test would because human cells can be used. We could also use Computer models which reconstructs “…human molecular structures,[and] can predict the toxicity of substances without invasive experiments on …show more content…
“Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) found 338 possible violations of the Animal Welfare Act at the federally funded New Iberia Research Center (NIRC) in Louisiana. Some of the primates housed at NIRC were suffering such severe psychological stress that they engaged in self-mutilation” (Animal-Testing.procon.org). Knowing that the Researchers in the laboratories willingly cause pain upon these animals further proves my point as to why animals should have human rights. Whereas I understand animals cant necessarily have freedom of religion or speech, their lives should be equally valued in our world so we can end the suffering. In Proverbs 12:10 it states, “A righteous [man] regardeth the life of his beast…”, meaning we shouldn’t cause an animals’ suffering by testing them (Animal -Testing.procon.org). Also, in Genesis 1:26 it reads, “And God said... let them [human beings] have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” (Bible). According to BBC reports, Christian, Muslim, and Jewish teachings allow animal testing as long as the animal doesn’t inflict pain and has a possibility to benefit human beings. Although this bible verse most likely supports the pros of animal experimentation, I would like to point out that although God wants us

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