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If you look at the course of western history you'll see that we're slowly granting basic rights to everyone. A long time ago only kings had rights. Then rights were extended to property-owning white men, then all men. then women, then children. Now we're agonizing over the extension of basic rights to animals. W as a society need to finally accept that all sentient creatures are deserving of basic rights. A definition of a basic human rights is to pursue life without having someone else's will involuntarily forced upon you. This is also said to be the pursuite of life liberty and happiness

By what criteria can you justify denying basic rights to any living thing? Realize that by whatever criteria you employ someone could deny basic rights to you if they objected to your species, sexual preferences, color, religion, ideology etc. So why should the rights of other animals such as your house cat be ingnored.

The simple rational applies treat others as you want to be treated. if you don't want to be beaten, imprisoned, mutilated, killed or tortured then you shouldn't condone such behavior towards anyone, be they human or not.

It is possible to commit an immoral act against a non-human animal." In order to commit an immoral act against a non-human animal, one must define the word "morality". According to the definition it means conformity to the rules of right conduct,. On the other hand immorality means wickedness or evil. So in reflection a wicked or an evil act against an animal is an immoral act also.

Then there's the subject of animal testing. Humans are important, but that doesn't give anyone the right to cause needless pain and suffering to other animal's. I found it very interesting that If animal testing were to stop now, medical progress would speed up, because the alternatives such as in-vitro techniques are less time-consuming, more accurate, and less expensive than using animals.

I believe that animals deserve to live according to their own natures, without harm, abuse or exploitation. It has been shown

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