In the article, Opinion: Escaped cow sparks personification quandary, the author, Peter Singer, suggests that people use different language when they are speaking to or talking about animals and how this has an affect on how we treat them. According to Singer, “In a similar way, the language we use to describe animals may be important to how to how we think about and treat them. In most legal systems today, animals are treated as property, just like tables and chairs.” By noticing the error and miscommunication of referring to animals, people can realize their wrong doing and change their ways.
“Our love affair with our pets has gotten out of control” (Bilger 10). Burkhard Bilger is the author of the literary non-fiction piece, “The Last Meow”, that was published in The New Yorker September 8, 2003. He explains the extent people are willing to go for their animals and pay any amount of money no matter how much it may cost. According to Bilger, pet owners spend about forty seven billion dollars a year on their pets, that ranges from food all the way to surgeries.
Animal Cruelty “One cannot look deeply into the eyes of an animal and not see the same depth, complexity and feeling we humans lay exclusive claims to,” stated Nan Sea Love. Just like what Nan Sea Love said, what is in animals is the same that is in humans, it does not mean it is okay to harm animals. So I ask you, people of Elk County, to prevent animal abuse in our cities. Animal cruelty needs to be explained, prevented, and donations need to be made to local human societies.
Ultimately, as by now you may now, animal cruelty is a gargantuan problem in our society today. If our society doesn 't take care of the world we live in and the animals that help it thrive and prosper, we are not going to last very long. We need to cherish the minuscule things and make sure we respect every aspect of it. Animal cruelty does not need to occur nor does it serve any purpose in creating a balanced society. This abuse and cruelty leaves its mark not only physically but emotionally, short-term, as well as long-term.
Every 10 seconds in America, an animal is abused. That means that every time an hour passes, a total of 360 animals have been tortured and sometimes, even killed. This number is way too high, and it needs to be brought down for good. In 2007 alone, a total of 1,880 cruelty cases were reported. Animal abuse happens way too often, yet not enough people do anything to help make a difference.
Animal Abuse and Cruelty is a major problem in the world that very few people know many details about. Animal Abuse is not just simply beating an animal to where it is nearly on the brink of death. It can be things that many people witness every day and not realize that they are even witnessing someone breaking the law. People do not realize what they are witnessing because the majority is uninformed about what Animal Abuse really is. There are many forms of animal abuse and the awareness is very minimal this awareness needs to be increased and more evasive actions need to be taken to help solve this terrible issue.
Jeremy Rifkin, the president of the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington D.C and author of “A Change of Heart About Animals” (2003), argues in this article that animals are much more like humans than we thought and that we should expand our empathy to our fellow creatures. Rifkin develops his thesis by comparing the similarities between humans and animals. An example of this is in paragraph 11 when he claims that animals show a sense of their own mortality and the mortality of their kin just like humans do. He supports this claim by giving an example of elephants standing next to their dead children for days after they have passed. The author gives that example of the elephants in order to make the reader understands just how aware these
Numerous people have attempted to justify the use of such methods by putting down or rather, dismissing the animal as a creature lacking the mental capacities to be considered equals to that of a human being. In their book "Animal Experimentation : The Moral Issue" authors Robert M. Baird and Stuart E. Rosenbaum say, "holders of rights must have the capacity to comprehend rules of duty, governing all including themselves" (104). He then goes on to explain that "animals do not have such moral capacities" (Baird 105). And as a result of this "we can't violate their rights because they have none" (Baird 105). Dismissing the animal as nothing more then an object may not seem like the most reasonable defense against the use of animals for testing
In the op-ed piece “A Change of Heart about Animals”, Jeremy Rifkin emphasizes the similarities between humans and animals by providing results on scientific research studies to illustrate that humans should be more empathetic towards animals. In addition, he further explains how research results have changed the ways humans perceived animals and indicates solutions that were taken by other countries and organizations to help improve and protect animal rights. Rifkin provides examples that demonstrate animals have emotions, conceptual abilities, self awareness, and a sense of individualism just like humans. For example, Pigs crave for affection and get depressed easily when isolated, two birds Betty and Abel have tool making skills, Koko
The treatment of Humans and Animals How animals and humans are treated in John Steinbeck’s novel of mice of men. In the Novel Of Mice and Men, animals are usually treated as a helpful creature and the eventually they get rid of them when they do not really need them anymore. In one of the scenes in the novel Candy’s dog is really sick and Carlson was playing cards with slim until he glanced at Candy's dog and told him that “ the dog is no good no more and he should shoot it” (Steinbeck 47) but Candy says no because he is too close to the dog and loves him and the dog is too loyal to him just to kill him.. Sue Carlson has an idea and it was that he could shoot it himself (Steinbeck 48).
They are more like us than we imagined…” these words written by Jeremy Rifkin in his article “A Change of Heart about Animals,” emphasize that like us humans, animals feel pain as well. Equivalently, Rifkin insists on the point that we need to change our ways in which we treat animals or in other words limit ourselves to a certain level of fair treatment with them. Alike us, they feel pain and suffer in many ways in cause of our actions towards them and it is not fair for an animal to be attacked this way by us humans when they as well are living their own lives and are already trying to survive themselves. In support of this, I am with Jeremy Rifkin and agree that our actions towards animals need either a change or limit. Researchers have found that animals feel pain, suffer, experience stress, affection, excitement and even love.