Animal Abuse and Neglect Essay

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Animal rights imply that animals have a right to their own life just as we do; that they are not ours to mess around with. To an extremist this argument also means we must maintain a vegetarian diet, not wearing leather or fur, and not keeping animals as pets. A moderate animal protection says that our responsibility toward animals is that we have a moral obligation not to cause them unnecessary pain.
A large issue is animal testing. “More than 25 million vertebrate animals are used in testing in the United States each year. When invertebrate animals are thrown into the mix, the estimated number rises to as high as 100 million.”(dosomething) The laboratory testing of animals is important to biomedical research, product safety
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So at the end of it all, thousands of animals could be dying at the expense of nothing, because we will never know how the product will really react to humans (about my planet).
Animal slaughtering has been another big topic of debate. Many will argue that people need to eat, and animals are a good source of food, especially protein. Yes we can eat meat, but the means of going about getting the meat does not need to be so callous. There are many methods in which to kill an animal, Electrical stunning, shooting, cutting major blood vessels, and beheading to name a few. All of these can be very painful methods, but we need to use the one that is the least painful. There is no use in causing the animal more pain than it already has to endure. Many animals are slaughtered in industrial slaughtering. This means that the animals are killed in mass amounts on an assembly line, and roughly. For example chickens are held upside down while still conscious. They are then dunked in water with an electrical current running through and are shocked, making it a very inhumane method. “Every year, over 40 million mammals are brutally killed and skinned to make the fur products sold in stores” (idausa). Furs and leathers are considered luxurious items and they gloss over the fact that animals go through pain and are killed in order to create these products.

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