According to the animal rights philosophy, non-human animals have the basic rights of life, liberty and freedom from suffering as humans do.
The animal rights movement strives to raise the status of animals beyond that of just property or commodities for human use. Those who believe in animal rights believe that animals have their own inherent right to exist and deserve not to be killed, kept in captivity or tortured by humans. Although individuals within the animal rights movement may hold varied opinions about different animal issues, the movement as a whole opposes the use of animals for food, clothing, entertainment, research and other human gain.
COMPARE HUMAN RIGHTS TO ANIMAL RIGHTS
The right to:
How great are animals!?
Animals support us in so many ways:
Provide care and companionship.
Provide care and assistance to the disabled.
Protection against intruders.
Police and Firefighting dogs.
Work for human needs (farm animals).
Medical needs (love and support).
ANIMAL ISSUE: TESTING
Safety tests are conducted on a wide range of chemicals and products, including drugs, vaccines, cosmetics, household cleaners, pesticides, foodstuffs, and packing materials. The safety testing of chemicals and consumer products probably accounts for only about 10 percent to 20 percent of the use of animals in laboratories, or about 2-4 million animals in the United States. Animal testing raises issues such as the ethics and humaneness of deliberately poisoning animals for the sake of marketing a new cosmetic or household product, the applicability of animal data to humans, and the possibility of sparing millions of animals by developing alternatives to a handful of widely used procedures.
Almost every medical treatment you use has been tested on animals. Animals were also used to develop anesthetics to prevent human pain and suffering during surgery according to the BBC.
ANIMAL ISSUE---ABUSE AND NEGLECT
*see cruelty to animals in circuses
*during times of war, animals are easy targets/casualties
*animals can be over-worked and even worked to death
*abandoned and neglected (kept out in the cold/heat, not enough food or water, no medical attention, beaten)
ANIMAL ISSUE---FERAL CATS
Feral cats are the descendants of domesticated cats that were abandoned by their owners or that strayed into wild areas from their homes.
Adult feral cats, that were never socialized with humans, can rarely be socialized. Feral kittens can sometimes be socialized to live with humans.
The conditions lived in by feral cats vary immensely. Some live short, dangerous, unhealthy, desperate lives, in deplorable conditions.
Important to spread neutering in the feral cat community.
ZOOs—A highly debatable issue. Some zoos try their best to nurture animals and for some breeds, zoos are their only chance for species survival. But Zoos send the message that it is acceptable to maintain wild animals in captivity and most zoos provide substandard facilities and care that do not meet the needs of wild animals. Their focus is on human entertainment, rather than wildlife conservation. For example, elephants in captivity display chronic health problems associated with confinement, including arthritis, foot diseases, skin ailments, psychological problems, and reproductive difficulties. Captive wild animals do not live as long as those in the wild, and they are confined to areas far too small to meet their needs for exercise and natural behaviors.
10 things YOU can do to help animals
1. Take home a companion animal If you decide to share your life with an animal, make sure his or her physical and emotional needs are fully met.
2. Buy Cruelty-Free Products
3. Choose Cruelty-Free Entertainment Make humane choices when it comes to entertainment for you and your family. Avoid entertainment venues that exploit animals, such as circuses with animal acts, rodeos, zoos and aquariums, greyhound racing, horse racing and other events.
4. Live in Harmony with Nature Appreciate wildlife and nature while creating minimal disturbances for our wild neighbors. Use humane and non-lethal pest control methods to control bugs and rodents. Shoot animals with digital cameras, not weapons. Oppose pollution, development and other uses that ruin habitat for wildlife.
5. Report Animal Cruelty The first step in stopping animal abuse is reporting it to the proper authorities charged with investigating and prosecuting existing laws. Find out what agencies in your community handle animal enforcement, and keep contact numbers handy.
6. Go Vegetarian!
7. Get Politically Active Educate yourself about which candidates and products are animal-friendly and which are not.
8. Advertise and promote animal rights .
Volunteer Your Time Helping animals takes people power. Many animal-related groups do not have the resources to hire paid staff, so volunteer labor is essential to their operations. Find an organization that you like and contribute time doing what you love - whether it’s cuddling cats, walking dogs, helping plan special events or leading guided nature walks so people can appreciate wildlife.
10. Donate to Charitable Organizations that take care of animals.
ILLEGAL TRADE IN EXOTIC ANIMALS
HERE YOU WILL DO A BIT OF YOUR OWN RESEARCH. Find out:
What animals are targets and why?
Who would buy exotic animals?
What animals are targeted for the illegal wildlife trade here in the Philippines?