Which academic level is this for? If it's for university work I'd suggest the books mentioned above in. In addition, Speciesism by Joan Dunayer is pretty good.
(Original post by VeggieGirl)
I'm doing an extended project and some responses from this topic will be very useful
Do you believe animals should have the same rights as humans?
A few areas to look into:
1. If animals have some rights, what rights would you afford them to and why?
2. Do you distinguish between certain animals having more rights than others? If so, why?
3. Do humans need (not to be used as a synonym for want) to use animals as much as they do? There are quite a few misconceptions about diets when it comes to both vegetarian and vegan diets. In my experience poor diets are easily more mentioned than poor omnivore diets despite the poor health with a lot of countries including our own (obesity levels etc).
4. If animals are afforded rights, you can go beyond animal testing (you could distinguish between medical and non-medical reasons) and human consumption (meat, fish, dairy, eggs, fur, leather, silk) by looking at the number of animals in rescue centres (pets being a commodity and easily being disowned - remember seeing RSPCA adverts on the TV reminding a dog is for life and not for Christmas?), zoos, circuses and aquariums. If you view animals with commodity status you could look at the ivory trade and trading of endangered species, which has implications for disease transmission.
5. Why do many humans only care for animals when they've become endangered or at a low population?
6. If you're looking at meat consumption you could ask why there is criticism attached to certain slaughter methods, such as Halal/Kosher (they're the same methods), while the practice of placing a live lobster or crab in a boiling pan of water in a restaurant goes unnoticed. The same with foie gras.
7. You could look at animal activities - fox hunting, bull fighting, dog fighting, badger baiting, hare coarsing. And perhaps you could look at why fox hunting is not completely outlawed here but dog fighting is. Issues of class perhaps? Or do legislators view dogs as being worthy of being saved from physical harm? Some people say because fox hunting is a form of pest control but it's made into a sport otherwise why the uniform?
I've been meaning to get back to someone but can't find the quote thing after My TSR disappeared and it's gone (forget his name) so I'm sure he'll see this. He might prove some counters that I've brought up that may prove useful for you.
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(Original post by VeggieGirl)
Yeah, haha as soon as I wrote that I knew it was a bit vague
I am more interested in the topic of farming than general animal rights discussion, so here are some questions/topics.
- Do you believe the way animals are treated in INTENSIVE factory farms is unjust/unethical/against nature?
- Do you believe we have the right to use animals for food/clothing/entertainment etc.
- If you knew an animal had suffered in its life, would you eat it?
- Do you view animals such as pigs/horses/dogs etc. different to humans, in terms of what you would do to a human and to a different animal. Do you see killing humans and other animals as different?
- Do you see life as a heirachy (that one's really just a general interest
I'll post more during the summer
-it is possible to have animals involved without abuse abuse, though there are times when sacrifices should be made e.g saving lives
-Need more information
-Well I won't punch an animal nor a human, however if I were stranded on a remote island with a pig and another guy, I'd eat the pig... Animal/people aren't interchangeable here
-I don't see this as a hierarchy, I see this as being compassionate for a species other than your own while at the same time want a result (for lack of a better word) for a appropriate proportioned sacrifice.
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