Animals as Entertainment
Animals as entertainment
Entertainment is seen as something integral to a human backed by various psychological benefits. While all human cultures have some sought of entertainment or another, they have been considerable differences on what can be termed entertainment. One hot debate today is the use of animals for entrainment, how it’s morally right or wrong and whether people should continue or discontinue the act. Many cultures use animals for entertainment reasons and popular ones include bullfighting, dogfighting, fishing, the horseracing industry and zoos. An analysis of these entertainment activities should help determine the morality question behind
using animals for entertainment.
This Spanish entertainment form has raised many questions over the years, especially with the introduction of animal rights issues. Critics are more concerned about the cruelty on the bull in the process. It is estimated that 10,000 bulls die in bullfights every year. While most media argues on the immorality of the act, it still is a form of entertainment for many people in Andalucia
In this form of entertainment, dogs are raised and groomed to pit against each other. The activity involving pitting the dogs which then shred apart each other till the other is dead while a crowd of people watch and cheer. While the thrill and excitement of the fight draw most people to watch, for others its business where they even bet and make money. While many countries like USA and South Africa have banned the act, there are still others countries which still enjoy the act, for instance in Afghanistan where it is recognised as a winter weekend pastime event
The horse-racing industry
This is another entertainment that on face value will not seem fatal. Animal rights groups critique mainly the involvement of drug abuse, slaughter and gruesome breakdowns of horses. Anon (2015) lists bad practices that make the activity bloody;
a. Performance -enhancing usage on horses
b. The tender age at which horses begin to be raced and the abuse of yearlings and 2-year-olds in trainings.
c. The hard track surfaces which have resulted in the devastating of limbs of young horses
d. The excessive breeding of horses
e. The use of whips
f. Auctions, claiming races, and serial ownership.
g. The slaughter of retired horses.
All these present the daring conditions that horses have to go through. Though countries have not banned the activity, however, reforms in the USA are being carried based on the list provided by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Most people will recognize this activity as perfectly normal, but not with animal rights groups. While most countries still allow fishing as a hobby, animal rights group believe it is a bloody sport with people fish, just for the fun of it . Also common is fishing for human consumption, recent studies have claimed that fish are a deadly species and should not be eaten. According to studies, fish “are the main if not the only source of methyl mercury” which is said to result in cardiovascular disease, blindness, fetal, problems with motor skills among many other diseases. This might be a bad realisation especially to countries which depend on fish like Malawi which produces over 40 thousand fish each year and exports 126 tonnes for human consumption. The study also suggests that fish feel pain, not necessarily like human being but they do feel pain which sends emotions to the way they should be cared for like any other pets.
Arguments against zoos is that they imprison the animals for monetary benefits of being. Human rights groups underpin the ideology that animals require their freedom and keeping them enclosed is a violation of the right. Anon (2015) argue that the conditions that these animals live in when kept in zoos is often dismal, citing the confinement to tiny, barren and filthy enclosures. They argue that even giving the animal best possible enviroment still is far off the freedom it might get in the wild. These conditions are also coupled with loneliness and even abuse by human beings who come to see the animals end up developing what has been termed “zoochosis” with symptoms being of rocking, swaying, pacing endlesly and mutilating themselves . These all lead to show the cruelty of what humans deem as entertainment.
The principle of valueing the rights of animals is basically the same understanding of human rights. Animal rights group have sought to show that animals feel pain and it is immorall to kill them just for entertainment. The advancement of electrinics has even brought new and exciting ways of entertainment that people can enjoy outside cruelty to animals. As a principle, animals should not be tourtured or even killed only for amusements and these acts should be advicated against abd possibly banned.
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