The Consequences Of Animal Rights

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Animal rights is an idea that non-human animals should be entitled to their own lives, and that they should be afforded similar consideration as human. I will argue that it is a better option for humans not to accept animal rights, and I will offer three reasons to support this claim. Firstly, Animal rights is limiting to the advancement in human health. Secondly, there are alternatives to accepting the Animal rights. Finally, Animal rights does not support animal control, which is important for sustaining ecosystems and the environment. The second point will be discussed as an extension of the first point.
In support of my first claim that animal rights can be limiting to the advancement in human health, I will offer two reasons. Firstly,
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A consequence of accepting animal rights is that humans will no longer be able to experiment on animals. Common animals used in laboratories include rats, which are susceptible to many of the same diseases as humans because we share more than 98% of our DNA as them. Because it is easier to control their external environment compared to humans, the association between certain factors and health outcomes can be more easily detected with minimal confounding. Due to human rights, it is very difficult to conduct similar experiments on humans, and thus, even the most accurate epidemiological experiments such as randomized controlled trials are associated with substantial biases. Accepting Animal rights will, therefore most likely hinder the process of understanding diseases or how drugs work and therefore will limit or at least severely prolong our ability to cure diseases. Some Animal rights activist groups such as People for Ethical Treatment of Animals argue that there are alternatives …show more content…
The main focus of animal rights is to eliminate harm to animals, however the above premise has demonstrated that doing this would limit the advancement of human health. Animal welfare is likely to be a suitable alternative for animal rights because it acts to minimize pain and stress in order to maximize psychological wellbeing for the animals. There are guiding principles when it comes to experiments on animals used by some scientists, called The Three Rs, which has been developed under the principles of animal welfare. The Three Rs essentially encourages alternatives to experimenting on animals when possible, but aims to improve animal welfare and scientific quality where the use of animals are unavoidable (Understanding Animal Research, 2014). Therefore, it is probably better that humans support animal welfare instead of Animal rights, as it encompasses the ideas of both animal rights and the improvement of human health and meets somewhere in

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