In the Chapter eighteen Pollan brings up the idea of speciesism, the idea that we shouldn't treat animals differently just because of their species. Peter Singer (who wrote a book on speciesism) argues that we favor humans over animals that have higher intelligence than us. Singer then brings up talks about how chimpanzees would have more worth than a disabled child or an elder with memory loss. While initially reading this passage, it’s hard to take Peter Singer serious for a bit, I mean he’s comparing other animals having more worth than human beings. But when he breaks down that animals have emotion as well, should we take more consideration in the way that we treat animals?
Although Jeremy Rifkin, Bob stevens, and Lois Frazier have all written about their view on animals and how they are treated globally, but when bringing in animal rights groups like ASPCA and PETA, different bias and tactics are newly introduced. Of all the articles, Jeremy Rifkin uses the most credible sources such as lab studies and examples. In the article “A Change of Heart about Animals” Rifkin uses sources such as Purdue University and the European union when talking about situations. One situation he writes about is how pigs need social activity so the pigs are not “lacking mental and physical stimuli [which] hand result in deterioration of health”.
Crucial Capital In America, living an adequate life is dependent on having sufficient financial capital. Having money allows Americans to live successful lives. Because money is such a necessity, a large emphasis is placed on doing what needs to be done in order to gain such capital. In "Birds and Bees?
By nature all human beings have a different opinion in term of man characteristics and behavior of being "the highest" or "the lowest animal". Mark Twain uses scathering sacarm and bitter irony and numerous examples in his writing to demonstrate that mankind is below all other animals. Although Mark Twain suggests his idea in " Lowest Animal" though mankind is superior than all other types of animals. Throughout this essay we will discuss the techniques and rhetorical appeals made by Twain and show on a scientific note that even if mankind the Ascent of Man from the Lower Animals they are more virtuous, furthermore reject the idea of man being the second-rate animal and demonstrate such conjecture is false on a biblical essence ( Christianity
Many Americans blindly believe that animals deserve the same rights as humans, but little do they know about the differences between the welfare of animals and the rights of animals. In the article A Change of Heart about Animals, Jeremy Rifkin cleverly uses certain negative words in order to convince the readers that animals need to be given same rights as humans, and if not more. Research has shown that non-human animals have the ability to “feel pain, suffer and experience stress, affection, excitement and even love” (Rifkin 33). Animals may be able to feel emotions, however this does not necessarily mean that they are able to understand what having rights mean. While humans must accept their moral responsibility to properly care for animals,
Why? Because there are three capacities of being a human that entitle us to a privileged position, as opposed to animals. We as humans have the capacity to hold ourselves responsible for our own actions, we’re expected to reciprocate and empathise, and we desire self-respect and dignity which non-humans don’t have the capacity to do. One objection that arises is that there have been cases where some humans are unfortunate enough to not have these capacities. Yet, she insists there is nothing wrong with us extending special care to members of our own species before the wellbeing of other
Fighting Over Animal Rights: A Rhetorical Analysis of David Masci’s Article on the Animal Rights Movement The Animal Rights Movement has been striving for public attention for the past 20 years. Recently, the animal equality epidemic has been on a massive incline and is transforming into an immediate concern. Throughout the 1990s, people questioned whether or not animals should be viewed in the same light as human beings.
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
In An Animal’s Place, Michael Pollan describes the growing acknowledgement of animal rights, particularly America’s decision between vegetarianism and meat-eating. However, this growing sense of sentiment towards animals is coupled with a growing sense of brutality in farms and science labs. According to Pollan, the lacking respect for specific species of animals lies in the fact that they are absent from human’s everyday lives; enabling them to avoid acknowledgment of what they are doing when partaking in brutality towards animals. He presents arguments for why vegetarianism would make sense in certain instances and why it would not and ultimately lead to the decision of eating-meat while treating the animals fairly in the process. Pollan
In her work “What’s Wrong with Animal Rights,” Vicki Hearne challenges common beliefs of animal rights, arguing that animal rights groups do very little to actually benefit animals. She argues that natural selection should be allowed to take place for wild animals, and animals such as cats and dogs should not be seen as property. To persuade the audience to support her position, she uses ethos, pathos, and logos. Her credibility as a trainer makes the logic behind her views reliable, her logic reinforces the examples she uses, and she appeals to emotion using her relationship with her Airedale, Drummer, to support everything her argument is saying. Through these strategies, Vicki Hearne effectively counters the current, popular views of the
This essay targets conservatives whose job is to preserve and uphold the value of society. Scully is encouraging conservatives to get up and do something about how unfair animals
In Animal Farm, George Orwell warns how power will often lead to corruption. Napoleon was placed in a position of power after Major died, and he slowly starts to lavish in his power and become addicted to the lush life of a dictator. When Napoleon first becomes a leader, he expresses how everyone will work equally, but as his reign goes on, he shortens the work hours. At the very end of the novel, the observing animals even start to see that pig and man had become the same. The irony present in the above example, illuminates how regardless of how much a ruler promises to maintain equality and fairness, the position of power that they hold, will corrupt them.
One topic that many scholars are debating right now is the topic of animal rights. The questions are, on what basis are rights given, and do animals possess rights? Two prominent scholars, Tom Regan and Tibor Machan, each give compelling arguments about animal rights, Regan for them and Machan against them. Machan makes the sharp statement, “Animals have no rights need no liberation” (Machan, p. 480). This statement was made in direct opposition to Regan who says, “Reason compels us to recognize the equal inherent value of these animals and, with this, their equal right to be treated with respect” (Regan, p. 477).
The way singer explains this principle is through a utilitarian prospective, suggesting two viewpoints, Jeremy Bentham says “interest of every being affected by an action are to be taken into account and given the same weight as the like interests of any other being. ”(3) The second utilitarian, Henry Sidgwick, says “ the good of any one individual is of no more importance, from the point of view (if I may say so) of the Universe, than the good of any other. ”(3) Singer explains in these principles an aspect of achieving happiness and avoid pain.
“In 2016, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimated that Americans ate an average of 54.3 pounds of beef, 92.1 pounds of chicken, and 50.4 pounds of pork, per person, per year” (Vegetarianism). Food production counts for only one of the many injustices animals face daily. Although they have been proven emotionally intelligent, mankind views these entities as subservient and continue to harm them. People around the world have created organizations that work to ameliorate the treatment of animals. As the animal rights movement nobly fights to improve the conditions of these living creatures, daily human activities and the moral values of some prolong the acceptance of animal equality.