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Home Issue Index Issue: Animal Cruelty

Animal Cruelty

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As living beings capable of feeling pain and suffering just as humans do, animals deserve better treatment and more consideration from humans. Though animals may not be able to communicate or reason as humans can, they have inherent value and the right to live their lives in an environment free from torture. Practices such as raising and killing animals simply for their fur, keeping animals in cruel living conditions on factory farms, or using animals for painful scientific research are clear violations of those rights.


It is absurd to suggest that animals have rights in the same way that human beings have rights. Rights can be afforded only to those capable of grasping the moral laws and obligations that come with living in a structured community, and animals clearly do not have that reasoning ability. Though humans may have a duty or obligation to look after animals and protect them from wanton cruelty, that is far different from animals having rights. Human interests should always come first.