So now that I opened my big fat mouth I have to upload this here and talk to you guys about animal rights and welfare because that is the PRODUCT for my research project.
Only read this if you're interested!
And this is the internet so I suppose I'll have to make it clear: It is my opinion that animal welfare is better for the world.
Let's hope you all know the definition of opinion!
Anyways, I guess I should just summarize the same things I said during my presentation.While I was researching animal rights, I thought, "Wow, this must be a really good thing! Animals need more rights."
But then I dug deeper.
By definition, Animal Rights states that humans have no right to use animals...at all! Not for food, research, or companions. We basically do not have the right to interact with any other creatures on this earth.
Animal Welfare is kind of the opposite. It states that it is a humans responsibility as an intelligent being to take care of other animals on earth. This means that we can still choose to eat meat or use animals in experiments, as long as they are treated humanely.
I think that the world today is trying to push towards animal welfare, but we aren't quite there yet!
There are still animals that die every moment because of cruelty, and we need to educate others more of this.
Animal rights activists have some good points, but the whole idea is a bit flawed. For example, blind people now have access to seeing-eye dogs. Instead of using a cane and moving by themselves, they can have a living creature do what they can't, and help them stay mobile.
It has also become apparent that animal rights activists want cats and dogs extinct. Why? Because they are not true wild animals, and they were artificially bred into what we humans wanted. This is true, but to kill off all those animals just because of that one reason? It's a bit like genocide. (If you consider domestic cats and dogs to be their own species, anyways.)
If animal rights was put through we would not be able to find treatments to major diseases, or learn more about this place we live in. There are some major advancements we've made by the help of animals.
Of course, when animal testing crosses the line into unnecessary animal cruelty, animal welfare would put it to a stop. It isn't worth researching if you have to harm your test subjects after all.
Moving on to the groups that support animal welfare or animal rights; PETA is an animal rights group and their name stands for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
If you didn't know already, PETA is filled with terrible people.
And that is not an opinion.
To list a few things people disapprove of, PETA uses nudity in their campaigns. Apparently it's a good idea to run around naked because you don't want people to wear fur.
PETA supports groups that blow up animal testing labs, whether those animals were being treated humanely or not.
PETA kills thousands of animals in shelters a year.
And this is the same group that blasted Nintendo for giving Mario a raccoon dog costume in a video game, remember.
The ASPCA is an animal welfare group that thinks a lot more logically than PETA, and tries to save as many lives as possible. They give people the choice to eat meat or use animals in experiments, but they look out for any animal cruelty that may occur.
AND THAT'S IT that might've been boring whatever who cares \o/
Also before I forget, I obviously did not draw that picture of Earth. I would have tried, but I only had a few hours to make this picture so I had to use a stock image! [link]
That's all, thanks a bunch if you actually sat and read that whole thing ///UvU///