Living Like Weasels, By Annie Dillard Essay

1148 Words Mar 28th, 2016 5 Pages
For many years, humans have questioned the existence of animals. Animals have provided us with many needs such as entertainment and food, but are they really here to serve the human race? Many people argue that they are for it is the "circle of life". Animals eat other animals such as in the short story "Living like Weasels" by Annie Dillard. It discussed how weasels prey off of birds, rabbits, and mice. If animals are allowed to prey on other animals, then humans are allowed as well. The counter argument is that we abuse our animals through the farm industries. Meat industries and farms abuse the natural lifestyle of animals so eating animals as the "circle of life" is invalid. In my point of view, animals are here to serve us but we are abusing our power. Meat industries do abuse the animals throughout the factory. Animals do not live the natural lifestyle that they are used to.
Religion has provided a lot of reasoning that animals are here to serve us as a gift from God. Most religions have verses in the holy book that agree across the lines that animals are provided to us by God. In the Bible, the verses of Genesis 9:3-4 states "Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it". Later on, the Israelis were given certain restrictions on the food they were capable of eating due to the health, such as the pig. As for the religion of Islam, it…

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