Animals like humans have feelings and suffer too. They both have a life valued to them. They both need protection in the form of laws or any way possible. Just like human beings animals too have fundamental rights protecting them against suffering. The rights also ensure that their lives are protected and nothing not even people should take it. Animals rights have attracted much debate with some individuals for it and others against it.
Animals have inherent worth; they are worthy in their nature and form. Humans must know that animals did not come into being to serve or provide for them. Some animals can be used as a source of milk, meat and skin depending on people’s cultural beliefs, but people must know that apart from providing all these they have value. They need to be protected against the suffering they undergo of losing their lives and loved ones. Even animals providing protection need to be protected. The protection is only possible if we realize that animals have value beyond what they offer.
Animals have conscious, and they know that they exist. They are also aware of the suffering they undergo through, which can be in the form of killing, forced to carry heavy loads or being caged. They have friends too and know that their friend, fellow animals exist, and if they see them miss without explanation they get traumatized. Animals need protections and must not be subjected to physical suffering and trauma.
Animals have a valued life to them. They need a long and quality life. They deserve to feel that life is not only about endurance but can be enjoyed too. They need freedom, to walk from one place to another and appreciate their environment. The young ones need to enjoy the mother’s milk, especially cows and grow up knowing the proper value of life.
Above all animals suffer too. They need to be protected.
Though animals have rights too, they don’t have morals. From the observed behaviors of animals, animals are selfish. Whatever animals do to other animals and humans are to their benefits, for example, in a park lions kill gazelles mercilessly without considering the rights of the gazelles. The animals man keep occasionally work against man, either by not obeying orders or being destructive. Rights cannot be given to morally decayed animals if life is to be smooth for humans.
Animals don’t have reasoning capacity. They don’t know what is good and what is bad for them. Left to roam, animals-human conflicts will significantly increase; this will lead to most of the animals dying. This shows that animals cannot be given similar rights as humans.
Some religions teach that animals were created to serve human beings. The main reasoning for domestication of animals is to help people. The service ranges from being a pet to protection among others. If some rights restricting animals from serving people are implemented, most of the domesticated animals will suffer as they don’t have adaptations to survive if left alone in the jungle. No one will see the need to domesticate a non-beneficial animal in his/her home.
Despite the disadvantages of animal’s rights they still dearly need the rights. The implementers of the rights must put into considerations that animals don’t think, and therefore the rights should give space for humans to think and do what is right for the animals. The rights will benefit the animals and therefore must be implemented for the safety of our healthy animals.