Animal rights – where to draw the line?

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Animal rights - where to draw the line?

There is much disagreement as to whether non-human animals have rights, and what is meant by animal rights.

There is much less disagreement about the consequences of accepting that animals have rights.

Animal rights teach us that certain things are wrong as a matter of principle,and that there are some things that are morally wrong to do to animals.

Some of these things may include the consumption of animals, the testing done on them, including cosmetics, and the wearing of their furs for clothing.

Cosmetic testing is one of the most controversial animal rights topics, as some tests can be extremely excruciating for animals, and a lot of the time it leads to the animal’s death.

Megan Morin, a member of PAWS, also knows as Progressive Animal Welfare Services in London, says she believes cosmetic testing on rabbits its the worse form of abuse, “basically they put them in a fixture where only their head is sticking out, and proceed to test their products such as ink, bleach, and shampoo on the eyelids of the rabbit.”

There are many varying perspectives on the morals behind testing on animals, some tests even dating back to ancient times. With so many different kinds of tests that have been done on animals throughout history, it may pose a question as to where the line may be drawn. Member PAWS London, Stephanie Lichty believes certain animals are to be used for food,and they should make use of the entire animal, out of respect, “I think we should use the entire animal if we’re going to use the meat products to consume, meaning they should use the bones to break down for plants or pet food.”

Until humans can come to terms with the never ending battle for animal rights, it’s safe to say we can expect to see testing and consuming of animal products for years to come.

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