Animal Rights Human Wrongs by Tom Regan


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In this essay I had to find ways the author used Pathos, Logos, and Ethos in his article.

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Animal Rights Human Wrongs by Tom Regan

  1. 1. Davila 1Jonathan DavilaProfessor DoughertyENGL 1C15 October 2012 Defenseless Survival Everyday people try to use an argument to persuade people on a certain topicwhich interest them or they are trying to show the world the true meaning of something.In “Animal Rights, Human Wrongs,” the author Tom Regan explains to us how whalesand other creatures are killed in the world using his knowledge, eyewitness accounts andeven graphic descriptions of how some of these animals are tortured and killed by humanbeings. In his argument he clearly uses ethos due to his details and facts based on hisexperiences. Another supporting detail in his argument are the terms logos and pathos inwhich he uses these to explain eyewitness accounts and facts of what is done to theanimals and he uses interviews of other people to give descriptions on how all thesekillings occur. Regan is very knowledgeable in the fact that he knows what the laws state andwhich areas most of these killings occur in. At the beginning of his argument he beginsby talking about how certain species of animals are “protected by agreement of themember nations of the International Whaling Commission” (Regan 555). In thisstatement Regan uses ethos by stating which group of individuals is responsible forprotecting these endangered species. He gives us clear details on how the butchers ofthese whales operate and he offers a point of view of how the crews that carry out thesekilling operate in the seas and what they do with the creatures that are killed. Regan also
  2. 2. Davila 2tries to explain how people should try to protect these creatures rather then murderingthem by saying, “the onus of justification must be borne by those who cause the harm toshow that they do not violate the rights of the individuals involved” (Regan 558). In thisstatement Regan is trying to explain that the killers must prove they are not causing anyharm to these whales while on their missions by proving that what they are doing iscorrect. Regan gives varies eyewitness accounts throughout his argument that help supportwhat he is trying to explain. In his interview with a man who claims to be part of thebutchering he tells us how, “there is now a fight between the mammal and the crew…afight to the death” (Regan 555). In the man’s account of the whale’s demise he givesclear facts on how the struggle between man and beast commences while the whalestruggles to survive without any way of escaping death. By doing this the peoplemurdering these whales are wiping out the species slowly which could lead to theirextinction sooner than many animal protectors realize. The author uses logos in greatdetail in his interviews with the locals in which they describe how they kill a defenselessanimal that has done no harm to anyone. The purpose of these killings is known to be away of developing, “hand lotion, eye cosmetics, face cream perfume” as stated by Regan.These mass killings need to be stopped otherwise we may face these consequences in theend. While Regan has met many people he was able to get descriptions that were verygraphic on how these people kill these whales step by step. Certain individuals thatRegan met explain in great detail how these killings occur and how bloody these battlesare. In an interview with a man, the man explains how “The whale spouts blood, keels
  3. 3. Davila 3slowly over and floats belly upward” (Regan 555). In the man’s description of this killingit can be concluded that these are savage killings in which humans use their harpoons toshoot the whale till it bleeds out and if this fails they can just harpoon it again till thewhale is left dead without any hope of survival. Another account by a Thai hunter tellsus about a creature named a gibbon in which these hunters use a gun to kill. The hunterdescribes how the gibbon looks after being shot as he explains that, “She still has enoughstrength…her baby still clinging to the long hair of her left thigh” (Regan 556). Theimages given by this hunter give the impression that they are merciless animal killerswhom would kill a gibbon who is caring a newborn. The use of pathos is widely usedthroughout the argument while explaining exactly how these creatures are killed ingraphic detail. Overall Regan used the terms ethos, logos, and pathos very clearly in hisargument which helped support his examples of the whale killings and his knowledge ofhow all these deeds are done. From the grim details on how whales were killed to theknowledgeable facts that he had on the topic. It is important that we realize howimportant these three terms were too the story in order to gain a better understanding ofit. His argument was very effective because he used such details to describe hisexperiences and how they can be verified due to his knowledge of these topics. Animportant lesson we can learn from this is that “if we do not act today” all these killingswill continue without any end.Words 876