The earth is not ours to do with as we please, we share this earth with an estimated 8.7 million other species, the vast majority have not been identified – and cataloguing them all could take more than 1,000 years. Yes we share this earth, the earth is not ours and the other animals who inhabit this world are not here for our convenience, they do not exist for food, clothing, entertainment, experimentation or for use as labour.
Animals for meat, fur and wool
The millions of species of nonhuman animals do not exist to provide you with food that you do not need and is not natural. You do not have the anatomy of a carnivore, even Plutarch recognised this obvious fact some 2,000 years ago when he said:
…it is absurd for them to say that the practise of flesh-eating is based on nature. For that man is not naturally carnivorous is, in the first place, obvious from the structure of his body. A mans frame is in no way similar to those creatures who were made for flesh-eating; he has no hooked beak or sharp nails or jagged teeth, no strong stomach or warmth of vital fluids able to digest and assimilate a heavy diet of flesh. It is from the very fact, the evenness of our teeth, the smallness of our mouths, the softness of our tongues, our possession of vital fluids too inert to digest meat that nature disavows our eating of flesh. If you declare that you are naturally designed for such a diet, than first kill for yourself what you want to eat. Do, it however, only through your own resources, unaided by cleaver or cudgel of any kind or axe. Rather, just as wolves and bears and lions themselves slay what they eat, so you are to fell an ox with your fangs or a boar with your jaws, or tear a lamb or hare in bits. Fall upon it and eat it still living, as animals do. But if you wait for what you eat to be dead, if you have qualms about enjoying the flesh while life is still present, why do you continue, contrary to nature, to eat what possesses life? Even when it is lifeless and dead, however, no one eats the flesh just as it is; men boil it and roast it, altering it by fire and drugs, recasting and diverting and smothering with countless condiments the taste of gore so that the palate may be deceived and accept what is foreign to it.
If you eat meat consider the points that Plutarch made centuries ago, ask yourself what other animal cooks its food to make it edible, the fact that you need to cook meat is an indication that this food is not natural for humans.
Animals have their own lives, their own natures and purposes. A rabbit, a mink or a fox, to name just a few of the unfortunate creatures to be killed to provide some humans with a fur coat, are not on this earth for that purpose. The fur of these animals belongs to the creature who was born with it. Way back in time the killing of animals for meat or fur was the only option available, but now no human on earth needs meat or fur or the wool of sheep. Yet the fur trade thrives throughout the world with millions of animals killed for their fur to satisfy human greed and fickle fashion.
Read more about the horror and cruelty of the Barbaric Fur Trade:
Fur and wool are now easily replaced by synthetic materials which are warmer and more hard wearing and yes for the fickle followers of fashion who are prepared to kill another animal for their vanity, natural fabrics appear very similar, so similar in fact it is virtually impossible to tell the difference. Meat of course is no longer required, eating meat is now a detriment not only to animals but to other humans: Did you know that if “If the whole world became vegan, there would be plenty food to feed all of us””more than 6.3 billion people.”
Could veganism end world Hunger
“In order to ensure that every person on the planet has enough food to eat, and ultimately protect our own survival, humans must look deep within themselves and choose the path that is the most compassionate, healthy, and sustainable. That path is veganism.”
Meat is also a detriment to our environment, for example 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture, eating meat causes pollution and uses up huge amounts of water to name just a few of the problems to our environment we ignore in order for wealthy people in western countries to eat meat.
Meat and the environment:
Most importantly meat is a detriment to animals
“Over 56 billion farmed animals are killed every year by humans. These shocking figures do not even include fish and other sea creatures whose deaths are so great they are only measured in tonnes.”
Over one billion animals are killed in the UK alone each year and there are 278 slaughter houses:
The Slaughter of Farm Animals in the UK
Indeed it breaks your heart that those affectionate calves will soon be killed in order for you who eat meat, to consume a food that you do not need and is now merely a luxury, which not only causes the harm mentioned above but is for you the meat-eater a serious detriment to your health and well being.
Also keep in mind that in many countries both dogs and cats are killed for meat. It was estimated in 2014 that worldwide, 25 million dogs are eaten each year by humans. In China alone roughly 20 million dogs are killed for consumption each year, making China the world’s largest consumer of dog meat.
Animals as Entertainment
Whether it’s circuses, zoos, horse or dog racing or even here in the UK the bizarre but ever more popular sheep racing, hunting, shooting, fishing, the use of animals for entertainment is wrong. As Rodger Moore quoted above says there are now “boundless opportunities for amusement“, circuses and other animal entertainment including the obviously sickening pastime of blood sports are now anachronisms of a bygone age and are barbaric abuses of sentient beings, animals who have as much right to live their lives as they so please, as nature intended not as an adjunct to human activity.
Below is a petition which shows that even sheep cannot escape being used and abused in so called entertainment;
Cancel The Cruel Event of “Mutton Bustin'” at the National Western Stock Show & Rodeohttp://www.thepetitionsite.com/943/055/292/cancel-the-cruel-event-of-quotmutton-bustinquot-at-the-national-western-stock-show-denver/ Please sign and share.
Animals as use in experimentation
“Once one allows that animals are part of the moral community…then one’s act of inflicting pain and suffering upon them or killing them must be justified…
In my view pain is pain, as much evil for an animal as for a human, and I agree with animal liberationists that it is a form of speciesism or discrimination to pretend otherwise.”
R. Frey, ‘The ethics of the search for benefits: Experimentation in medicine’, in Principles of Health Care Ethics, ed. by R. Gillon (Chichester: John Wiley, 1994), pp.1068-69.
Nothing shames the human species as its use of helpless animals for experimentation. There is no excuse for this cruelty, no justification, whether it is testing a defenceless rabbit, guinea pig, or rat for cosmetic or medical purposes for which in addition to the aforementioned animals primates may be used, also dogs and cats in medical testing. Life is precious to any animal as your life is to you, what right have any human to assert that their life is more important than that of another animal.
In the process of experimentation animals suffer both physically and psychologically as much as humans or maybe even more so, in fact Richard Dawkins asserts that our non human, animal cousins may be “capable of feeling more intense pain than we are.”
Right now, millions of mice, rats, rabbits, primates, cats, dogs, and other animals are locked inside barren cages in laboratories across the country. They languish in pain, ache with loneliness, and long to be free.
Instead, all they can do is sit and wait in fear of the next terrifying and painful procedure that will be performed on them. The complete lack of environmental enrichment and the stress of their living situation cause some animals to develop neurotic types of behavior such as incessantly spinning in circles, rocking back and forth, pulling out their own fur, and even biting themselves. After enduring a life of pain, loneliness, and terror, almost all of them will be killed.
Read the truth about the hideously cruel experiments inflicted on helpless animals and why they are unnecessary.
My own opinion is simple, there is no excuse ever and no reason that can ever justify such cruelty because animals have as much right to their lives as we do , and moreover to live their lives without the negative interference of humans, if is after all their world also .
This link has a wealth of quotations regarding the ethics of animal experiments such as the following, which in my opinion is one of the main reasons that still today animals suffer the agonies of experimentation.
“Results from animal tests are not transferable between species, and therefore cannot guarantee product safety for humans…
In reality these tests do not provide protection for consumers from unsafe products, but rather they are used to protect corporations from legal liability.”
Herbert Gundersheimer, M.D., Baltimore, Maryland, 1988.
Animals as Labour
In the modern age there are few tasks now that need the labour of an animal, yet still animals are used in warfare, the enforcement of law, to provide transport, carry goods and so on. Such labour may cause exhaustion, often physical pain, for example if animals are used to carry heavy loads, which is still the case in many parts of the world today. Animals may often be made to comply by the use of whips and other violent forms of coercion. Animals used by law enforcement or the military are exposed to danger and death, remember unlike policemen or women or a soldier the animal has no choice. Not only is this physically exhausting and stressful but at the end of the animal’s useful life he or she is more than likely to be killed if they have not already died of exhaustion.
For detailed information concerning the many uses and abuses of animals used for labour the following article is recommend
Animals used as workers
You can also read here in this blog about the plight of animals used in warfare:
How War Affects Animals
During WW1 eight million working horses lost their lives, along with countless donkeys and mules. Also one million dogs and pigeons and other birds whose numbers are not known. During this war 16 million innocent animals with no say in or understanding of the matter were forced into war. During the the battle of Verdun in 1916 7,000 horses died in one day alone.
Read more, also includes the deaths of animals affected by war as a result of their being abused in other ways such as trapped in zoos , used to detonate landmines.
The following article questions why carriage rides continue to exist when clearly they cause much suffering to horses:
Image of a Beleaguered Working Horse Begs the Question of Why Carriage Rides Still Exist:
Animals as Pets
Animals used as Pets may well come under the category of animals used as entertainment but it a bit more complex and less clear cut than that as often these animals provide companionship. Regarding the word pet I prefer the term companion animal, but for ease of writing I will use the word pet which is often an endearment also used to imply fondness of our fellow humans, so for some of us it does not have the same negative connotations.
In a perfect world no animal should be kept as a pet, and I wish this situation did not exist, but this is by no means an ideal world and the domestication of dogs and cats and other animals has progressed beyond the point of turning back. The opposition by many animal rights advocates including myself towards keeping a companion animal should not be considered as a call to release domesticated animals. Domesticated animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits and so on are now dependent on us for their survival, it would not be in the best interests of these animals to release them into the wild or let them lose in our streets where in both cases they would starve to death or come to other harm.
Moreover no advocate of animal rights wishes to remove companion animals from their homes. However we have a moral duty to take responsible care of the animals that we take into our homes and you will find that many animal rights activists and supporters have companion animals or take into their homes rescued animals in need of care. The stance by many animal rights activists is that companion animals who are already here should live long, healthy lives, in as natural a way as is possible, cared for with love and respect by the humans who take them into their homes as their guardians rather than their owners. I would personally like to see the phasing out of confined animals as pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, rats, fish, reptiles and end deliberate breeding of such creatures as companion animals. These creatures still exist in the wild where they should remain to live the lives that nature intends.
The above is my position on the subject of pets adapted from my website’s statement on Animal Rights. You can read the entire statement by clicking the following link and scrolling down to the section Companion Animals (pets):
Having a pet or pets is a difficult subject and there are many conflicting opinions. I had three pet rabbits whom a miss very much. However all three came from rescue situations and needed homes. Whatever you decide regarding caring for a pet please adopt one from an animal rescue, if you live in the UK you can also go to the RSPCA who have many unwanted animals for adoption.
Please do not buy from a pet store and most certainly not backstreet breeders as this perpetuates the trade in and breeding of animals.
Please do not adopt an animal you cannot adequately care for or can afford, keep in mind vets fees can be considerable but a vital part of an animal’s well being and here in the UK a legal requirement. More advice is available in the above link.
There are just so many ways that animals are used by humans, some less of a problem than others but I firmly believe that in general animals are better off in their own environments to live their own lives as nature intended and are most certainly not here to feed you, clothe you, entertain you or keep you company, unless they so desire, or for use as labour. Life is as important to an animal as our lives are to us , it is their world to and each and every creature has a right to be here regardless of how useful or otherwise they are to humans.
Graphics Animals in a fur coat and The Animal Holocaust :