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Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do? Shakyamuni Buddha— Dhammapada Now the wisdom of this statement or others like it has nothing to do with religion so please do not be put off if you are not religiously inclined, with or without a religious context such observations are reasonable and most relevant concerning our attitude towards animals.
We should treat animals with respect and not harm them in any way because they are like us, and like us they simply wish to live. All animals fear death, if they did not they would not survive for long, all creatures fear pain and avoid contact with situations and things in their environment that bring about pain.
The avoidance of both death and pain are instinctive in all animals including man. All animals feel pain, all experience the flight or fight response, a survival mechanism triggered by fear. Our treatment of animals will someday be considered barbarous.
There cannot be perfect civilisation until man realises that the rights of every living creature are as sacred as his own. Sadly though these laws do no go far enough and often farm animals are excluded.
The recent EU protocol which recognises that animals are sentient may result in some modification concerning the treatment of farm animals, improving conditions for them and treating them more humanely, however it does not go far enough.
This is yet another example of our inconsistency, while this recognition is of course a good beginning, it appears incongruous that having recognised that farm animals are sentient to than continue to breed and slaughter them for food!
To my way of thinking breeding animals for slaughter is cruel, inhumane, an atrocity; there is nothing humane about causing the death of another creature, it is the ultimate act of profound cruelty to rob a creature of his existence however "humanely" this act is carried out, moreover there is no way to kill any animal without causing him pain and distress.
Even if factory farming was abolished, and despite the EU protocol there is no indication of this happening, it is still cruel to confine animals, steal their eggs or the milk that is meant for their calves, determine their lives, when the will conceive and when they will die or enslave them in a life of labour for instance to round up sheep, or to provide us with entertainment such as race horses and racing dogs or for use in experiments.
No the only humane treatment of animals is to allow them to live out their lives the way nature intended without detrimental interference.
It is at the very least accepted in scientific circles that all creatures man, dogs, pigs, sheep, cows, poultry, all feel pain both physical and emotional as do fish and indeed invertebrates often not equated with sentience or even the capacity to feel pain; crustaceans for example are capable of feeling pain, experience distress and fear.
Read about how animals experience stress and fear: Pain is the same for them that it is for us. Even worse, because they cannot help themselves.
Camuti Ethics "The person who kills for fun is announcing that, could he get away with it, he'd kill you for fun. Exactly the same is true of each individual deer, hare, rabbit, fox, fish, pheasant and butterfly.
Humans should enjoy their own lives, not take others. I recall during a discussion with a Buddhist I remarked that I did not kill even an ant and that killing any creature was one step closer to killing a human being. This statement was met with complete agreement.
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However one does not have to be religious to know this, it is common sense surely. Violence, killing, cruelty on any level all becomes easier the more it is practised; the more a person kills another being whether man or animal the easier it is to kill another time.
To kill thousands of animals day after day becomes a callous act which breeds other callous acts. How can we expect a peaceful harmonious world while we kill other creatures who have as much right as do we to their lives.
Killing taints the soul for want of a better word.
I am agnostic so this is not a religious issue for me although many religious ideas may be relevant as mentioned earlier. The word soul is used here for want of a more appropriate word, we could say instead the killing of thousands of creatures everyday causes psychological damage for a less religious connotation.
The point is violence breeds violence it taints you as a person. I can't image associating with anyone who quite readily day after day works in a slaughter house, sees the innocent face of a tiny timid lamb for example and goes on to take his or her life with out a tinge of guilt or regret and with callus disregard.
Animals should be treated differently than they are at present, treated with humanity and compassion as one would treat another human being because it is ethical to do so. There cannot be peace in this world as long as we exploit animals.
To reiterate, killing a non human animal is one step closer to killing a human being. By loving and understanding animals, perhaps we humans shall come to understand each other.
Know that violence is the root cause of all miseries in the world. Violence, in fact, is the knot of bondage. Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is - whether its victim is human or animal - we cannot expect things to be much better in this world We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature.
By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity.The Meaning of The Evil Behind Animal Rights The text called, 'The Evil of Animal “Rights”', written by Alex Epstein and Yaron Brook, explains why animal testing is important and what animal activist groups have done to keep the testing from occurring.
Co-written by Caroline Eliacheff, Claude Chabrol's La Fleur Du Mal (The Flower of Evil) concerns three generations of the bourgeois Charpin-Vasseur family. Rodney Adam Coronado (born July 3, ) is a Native American (Pascua Yaqui) eco-anarchist and animal rights activist. He is an advocate and former activist for the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and a spokesperson for the Earth Liberation caninariojana.com was a crew member of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and a member of the editorial collective of the Earth First!
It's easy to see how animal rights would lead to great evils in a way that animal welfare would not. However, it may readily be argued that it is evil not to support animal welfare. Permitting cruelty and neglect to occur unpunished is definitely the opposite of good, after all.
What is your opinion on the article, The Evil of Animal "Rights" Update Cancel. For example "Not if the animal "rights" terrorists", the protesters may have been passionate, but they weren't Al Qaeda. or on engaging in terrorist tactics and tasteless publicity stunts to achieve their goals, though.
The idea of animal rights is not. “The Evil of Animal ‘Rights’” by Alex Epstein and Yaron Brook addresses the issue of medical testing on animals.
The authors describe the dangers of a world without medical testing, as well as the benefits that come of this testing.