Animals versus Humans - A Specious Argument

Love knows no boundaries

Baby Girl, a rescued kitten who was dumped off at the local park, and me
Baby Girl, a rescued kitten who was dumped off at the local park, and me
TROUBLE, named for obvious reasons.
TROUBLE, named for obvious reasons.
Emma and her adopted rescue kitten, Adrian
Emma and her adopted rescue kitten, Adrian
Goldie and Happy Cat.  Goldie is mother, Happy the daughter.  Reunited from an abandoned farmhouse where they were left to fend for themselves in 2 degree freezing weather.
Goldie and Happy Cat. Goldie is mother, Happy the daughter. Reunited from an abandoned farmhouse where they were left to fend for themselves in 2 degree freezing weather.
Mr. Man - left in N. Napa county in the severe dry heat.  Living large in SE Kansas
Mr. Man - left in N. Napa county in the severe dry heat. Living large in SE Kansas
Little One, me and Pinky. Little one was near death, bone thin and thoroughly congested; languishing in a neighbor's yard.  I took her to my fabulous Veterinarians who saved her after weeks and weeks of medication and fluid draining from her lungs.
Little One, me and Pinky. Little one was near death, bone thin and thoroughly congested; languishing in a neighbor's yard. I took her to my fabulous Veterinarians who saved her after weeks and weeks of medication and fluid draining from her lungs.

There is no competition for the love of living souls

Some might feel that the question of animals and their right to life is mute; perhaps even trite. I thoroughly disagree with this perspective. In my humble opinion, I strongly believe that life is sacred; all life, including species other than the human being.

The question is often posed: to act in ways which benefit human beings, OR to be advocates for animals; their welfare and basic rights. This, of course, is an argument with no merit. Those who post this question often do so with an obvious agenda; to quell peoples' empathy for animals for myriad reasons.

Immediately, when the issue is introduced; certain choices and behaviors that we make, either unconsciously or willingly and with knowledge of the results of our actions, come to mind. Choices in diet, "sports," dress, convenience, "beauty," entertainment, amusement and more. Often we blindly ignore the 'use' of animals in all these categories. The elephant at the circus, the dolphin or whale in captivity, the fur of a living, sentient being draped over our shoulders, that steak on the dinner plate, the young calf slammed to the ground by an aggressive rodeo competitor, the rabbit whose skin is burned repeatedly to test new cosmetic products, the old lion, whose fate it is to be sold to a "canned hunting" park, where he has no escape and is, literally, shot while standing still, unaware (having become used to humans) that his life is about to end, the cow, aka "livestock," forced into line behind hundreds of others screaming as they are hung by one leg, their throats slit before death comes; the bull running for his life down a narrow coridor while hundreds prod, taunt and tease him.

These are but a few examples of the ways in which humans subject animals to harm, injury, torture and death just to feed our selfish desires on so many levels.

Do I feel the need to protect these creatures from the hands of careless; uncaring people?

YES! An emphatic Yes! If I do not; if WE do not; who will speak for them? Because, if we allow ourselves to think about it; if we actually can visualize the pain and suffering we inflict on other living beings for our ignorant pleasures, I am certain change can come sooner rather than later.

It is suggested that a new idea must be heard 7 times in order for the typical human brain to begin to actually "hear" or consider it. So, let this discussion flow remembering that we, human beings, are only one half the equation.

When thinking about what we are capable of doing to animals, when absorbing the depths to which we have sunk in our pursuit of our preferences; there should be no place or reason for pitting one against the other; no question about whether one should choose to defend animals or human rights. The human condition is not the only issue before us but, to those who pose the question "humans vs animals," the plight of our earthly companions is placed on the back burner or not seen as having any degree of importance.

To care about one does not necessarily exclude the other. I find it intriguing that those who speak for animals do not berate those who act in behalf of humans however, many who support human concerns are loathe to accept that others choose to stand up for animals. The two are NOT in competition and, as a matter of fact; empathy for all beings will make this a kinder world.

The right to one's own existence is an intrinsic right. If I must speak out in defence of animals; I welcome the opportunity.

 

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PaperNotes 6 years ago

Animals too, deserve to be loved, respected and given a chance to live like humans. It's a pity how some humans can become more beastly than animals throwing away not just these poor fellows but even their own babies.


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Lucky Cats 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Oh, PaperNotes, how Right you are. I am so sad about this; and I feel compelled to continue with the good fight. I love you for your feelings about animals. And, it is a shameful crime, the things we do to animals and the way in which we 'throw away' an "inconvenient" animal, either by abandoning him, relinquishing to an aninmal "shelter" (there's an oxymoron), or worse. Someday, I pray, this will stop! Thank YOU!


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epigramman 6 years ago

....I think Hubpages should give you a humanitarian award for your unselfish acts of kindness and dedication towards making a better life for animals where you live ....and yes - isn't that true - all creatures great and small - all creatures bright and beautiful!


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Lucky Cats 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

E..Colin. You are too kind. Thank you so much.


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

So very true. We are all, together, part of the big picture. What affects one affects the others. It is the root of "ecology," a consciousness that arose with the "Hippie" era, and has unfortunately been denigrated by some simply because of that association.

Even if you do not like animals, there is no call to harm them--simply leave them alone. That is my case with reptiles. They give me the creeps...most especially the long, slender, slithery ones with no legs--such is my phobia that I don't even like to say the word that is their name...so...I simply avoid them...I don't travel to areas where they are likely to be.

There is no excuse for anyone to slaughter them wantonly for "fashion" or any other reason. Like it or not, they have thier place in the scheme of things.

Thanks for such a well-thought-out hub.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Ms Lizzy, we are kindred spirits on many levels, I am learning. I am so glad we've met here on HP's. It is very uplifting to know you are in this world with the big heart and excellent skills you have to educate readers/help others understand/save animals and more. It is a definite PLUS in my life that I can call you friend.


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

Why, thank you so much, Lucky Cats!

Being of the age where we are on a 'fixed income,' and having acquired some physical issues, writing is about all I am able to do, so I plug along, hoping at least a few folks outside "the choir" will stumble across my efforts, and the efforts of those like-minded people such as yourself.

I am pleased to welcome you as my newest friend. :-)


Lesleysherwood 5 years ago

Hi Lucky Cats. I am in total agreement with yr viewpoint. What moves me regarding animals is how trusting and loyal they are. Especially dogs. You can beat a dog and they will still love you which is sooooo sad. I cant understand why the human race don't think deeper about where things originate. For example - the meat in the supermarket. I know its a cliche, but would they kill the animal. Doubt it. But what is the difference just because its all tidy and wrapped. Thanks for this hub


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Lesley, "cliche" or not..your point is valid and well taken! And I agree with you! Thank you for visiting and commenting; animal rights/welfare/protection is my life..it is what I do...a calling; a mission...whatever...it is what moves me and means the most to me in this life. I appreciate your sensitivity about animals and knowledge/caring. Very very important and very valued!!!

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