Friday, 27 December 2013
Essay 45 (Animal Rights)
Some people think that humans can use animals in any way for their own benefit. Others, however, believe that people should not use animals in a wrong way. Discuss both these views and give your opinion.
Man use animals for various purposes, which sometimes can amount to abuse and even cause their death. Many animal right activists have, recently, raised concerns about the ill-treatment of animals by human beings. This essay intends to analyse both sides of this issue in detail.
On the one hand, many believe that man is a superior being and therefore it is justifiable to cause pain and even kill animals for his survival and welfare, especially in scientific experiments and as a means of food and entertainment. For example, many life saving drugs for humans have been tested in animals like guinea pigs before they are is used by man. This has resulted in the invention of many life saving medicines which are essential for man to maintain his health and prolong his life. Similarly, many animals like pigs and chicken are reared and killed for food and elephants and lions are used in circuses to entertain people and make money. Although many consider these to be cruelty to animals, most human beings think that it is essential for man’s well-being.
On the other hand, animal lovers contend that showing cruelty to animals is unjustifiable because it is a violation of animal rights. They also believe that animals experience pain and stress just like human beings and therefore it is cruel to ill-treat them.
Although it may amount to a certain level of cruelty, it seems logical to make use of animals for the needs of man. Even in nature, we see stronger animals attacking and killing weaker ones for their food. Moreover, man greatly benefits from animals, in transportation, farming and scientific experiments.
In conclusion, my suggestion is that it is inevitable to use animals for the benefit of man, but they should minimise animal sufferings in all ways possible.