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Animal Rights Fanatics...Or Good Stewards: What Are We For Standing Up For Basic Animal Rights

Updated on September 14, 2012

I recently answered this question;

""Does it seem that people trying to fight animal cruelty lack humanity towards people?""

Now, I have heard this or other variations of it many times. That sticking up for animals is somehow putting them before humans. Personally, I do not see it. I believe protecting animals IS protecting humans. On many levels. I am of the mindset that if you have a large group, if you protect and keep healthy safe, strong and happy, everyone in that group, then obviously the group as a whole will be strong, healthy, safe and happy. That means starting with the weakest and most defenseless in the group. In our case, the group is the world. The weakest and most defenseless are the animals, then our children and elderly and disabled. If the strong do not defend the weak...who will?

Then there is the fact that some of humanities worst criminals started out by abusing animals. This tells me if we ignore this epidemic, and believe me it is a growing epidemic, of animal abusers, we are looking at some major crimes against humanity in the near future. It is imperative that laws are put in place to deal with such people, and to do it in a manner fitting their crime, not just a slap on the wrist. We are called Animal Rights Fanatics, yet what we are doing is also protecting humanity.

I am seriously beginning to dislike the word "Human Rights"...I feel it would be more appropriate to call them, "All Living Beings Rights". For are not the basic human rights of being able to live without abuse, without fear, with food, shelter and love...are these not rights ALL living beings deserve?

I know of at least one person who believes animals do not have the same rights as humans. And I am sure that opinion is felt by many. I ask, does an animal not feel fear or pain or love or loyalty? How does it so differ from us that it should be bereft of the same basic rights as we enjoy? Because an animal does not speak our language? Does that make them stupid? Consider this...Animals understand our language, yet after all these thousands of years of contact with and close association with animals, we have yet to understand theirs. Now who are the stupid ones? Man seems hell bent on destroying each other. That makes them pretty stupid in my book. the love of animals is pure and without condition. The love of man is shallow and given and taken on a whim. The loyalty of animals is given til death. The loyalty of humans comes and goes with the wind. Why are humans so much more deserving of these so called rights than animals?

Call me an Animal Rights Fanatic. If it means protecting helpless, defenseless animals, I wear the label proudly.

I could have posted many images and videos to go with this hub...but in all honesty I cannot bear looking at them.


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    tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

    Hyphenbird, i couldnt agree more. thank you for reading and commenting...have a great night.

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    Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    We have responsibility to care for animals. God Himself gave us dominion over the animal kingdom and I believe people have misunderstood what that really means. When a person abuses, neglects or in any way harms an innocent animal I believe it is a sin and that person will be held accountable spiritually. You have a loving, heartfelt Hub here tlmcgaa70

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    tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

    thank you RobWrite, and you are so right...if we dont protect them...who will? thank you for reading and commenting, have a great day.

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    Rob 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

    Well said. It's humane to defend the innocent even if they aren't human.

    Very well done,


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    tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

    thank you Kashmir, it is good to know that for all the animal haters, there are so many animal lovers out there trying to protect them...animal rights fanatics we are called. if we put this much effort into protecting children, and some of us do, would we be called childrens rights fanatics i wonder? those who think there is nothing wrong, or that it is not a serious issue are as bad in my book as those who commit the atrocities. after all the pain and terror and suffering i have seen man cause, both to man and to animals, i honestly must say sometimes i am ashamed to be counted in the human race. it is a comfort to me to know man will face judgement where they WILL be held accountable for all they have done. have a wonderful day and thank you for the comment and votes.

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    Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi my friend, great and awesome hub. I hate when someone blames a Pit Bull for attacking or being aggressive, a human made that dog that way. And i to can't stand someone saying it's just a dog. Awesome hub and i stand right beside you !

    Vote up and more !!!

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    tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

    exactly DrMark...or the slavers...why get worked up, its just a niggar...their words not mine. they are all cut from the same cloth. i really have to work to stay calm, or i would be completely stressed out over this subject. i DO get very worked up. i cant help it. and i wont help it. animals need us. as i said in one of my comments to the question i answered...GOD gave man dominion over all the earth, including the animals...that means he made us guardians and caretakers...not abusers and destroyers, like so many seem to think we should be. thank you for coming by and reading and commenting. have a wonderful day.

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    Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

    Excellent commentary. I get so tired of hearing "it is just a dog, why get worked up?" The members of the Belfast City Council, who killed Lennox because he looked like a Pit Bull, are the same type of people who would serve with distinction in a Nazi concentration camp. "It is just a gypsy, why get worked up?"was probably said many times in the 30s and 40s.