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Animal Right: What is the concept?
Some people are campaign for animal rights and it is difficult to understand what they really mean in the broad sense of such rights. That is if there are specific animals they have in mind or if it encompasses all species of animals. Most importantly animal rights, like human rights, should include the right to life. Therefore, the concept of animal rights in its broadest sense should include an animal’s right to life.
Then the question is how can man welcome such right when man, himself, uses animals as food? It is also possible that those that campaign for animal rights only have Pet animals in mind but they should know that some people use such Pet animals as food. That is to say “another man’s food is another man’s poison.” It is also known that some methods of disease control and eradication involves the slaughter of affected/infected animals. This may seem unfair to the animals in that man do not suffer similar fate. That is to say man is not killed just for the simple reason of “disease control/eradication.” Man will make every effort to save human’s life but same effort is not made to save an animal’s life usually for economical reason except in cases of very valuable Pet animals.
It follows that man can be said to be self centered in his relationship with other species and it should not be surprising because some nations are self-centered in their relationship with other nations. That is to say that some nations are interested in what they can get from any relationship with other nations. Therefore, if man can act in such a way in his relationship with his fellow man, then why should he act differently in his relationship with other animals?
The main idea behind this article is to understand what those that campaign for animal rights have in mind and to let them know how difficult it may be for such rights to be welcomed by all. However, it is obvious that the call for such rights led to humanely slaughtering of animals. It also helped to put an end to the idea of using animals for some experiments. We do not know if that is all those that campaign for animal rights want to achieve or if they want to achieve more but we can understand the reason behind the call if we put ourselves in the position of these lower animals. Only then can we truly assess how well we have done and what more we need to do.