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"Write an essay on the cause of animal suffering and present ideas to raise awareness of this animal species and how to protect it" Essay should be about 850 words?

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For the past 20 years, there has a been an on going heated debate on whether experiments on animals for the benefit of medical and scientific research is ethical. Whether it is or isn't, most people believe that some form of cost-benefit test should be performed to determine if the action is right. The costs include: animal pain, distress and death where the benefits include the collection of new knowledge or the development of new medical therapies for humans. Looking into these different aspects of the experimentation, there is a large gap for argument between the different scientists' views. In the next few paragraphs, both sides of the argument will be expressed by the supporters.
The idea that animals have rights seems to be heavily agreed on by a large majority of scholars whom have studied this topic. However, what comes into question is understanding the severity and range of these rights. How do we determine the level of animal rights? How do we understand animal rights in relation to human rights? This paper aims to address these questions by showing that animals have the basic rights to live a life without harm, but cannot have equal rights to humans because of our dependence on them and their inability to reason and communicate with humans.
Let’s start with how humans think and then we will create a connection between human and emotion and how animals feel. Humans are sentient beings, meaning they feel a wide range of emotions, including happiness and pain. In general, we try to fill our lives with as much happiness as possible while avoiding pain whenever we can. Peter Singer, a lifetime philosopher and advocate of animal rights, states that animals are sentient beings as well (Singer 33). This means that animals have the same interests in living a life of happiness and void of pain, just as humans do. Assuming Singer’s statement to be true, we can now state that animals feel happiness and pain, just as humans do.
Now that we know that animals feel happiness and pain, we will show that humans should not put animals through unnecessary pain. One of the hallmarks of human rights is that one human should never harm another.
The debate of whether or not animals should be allowed to be used as subjects in research, entertainment, or clothing is one of the most controversial issues known in today’s society (Parks 21). Through time, animal rights have acquired several different definitions and opinions from people. Regarding their belief about the true meaning of animal rights, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a largely recognized animal rights activist organization, states:
Animal rights means that animals deserve certain kinds of consideration- consideration of what is in their best interests, regardless of whether they are cute, useful to humans, or an endangered species and regardless of whether any human cares about them at all (just as a mentally challenged human has rights even if he or she is not cute or useful or even if everyone dislikes him or her). It means recognizing that animals are not ours to use- for food, clothing, entertainment, or experimentation. (“Frequently”)
Animals first were used by humans as experiment subjects in Ancient Greece around 500 before the Common Era (BCE) (Coster 12). Animals have complex brains and minds, and compound nervous systems, live in multiplex societies, and show emotions that are often extremely closely related to those of humans (Parks 27). As scientist/philosopher Richard Ryder said, “To discriminate against others merely because they have a different physical appearance is very unintelligent.
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