Animal Rights

Firstly, I would like to tell you that you are welcome to leave or look away at any point during the presentation if there are any images which disturb you.
As I am limited to a time frame, I am only going to touch on the subjects of the meat industry and animal testing as areas of animal cruelty. However, there are also many other issues, such as, the fur trade, zoos and domestic pet abuse. So you can research these if you find they may be of interest to you.
So, what are animal rights? Well, my definition is that, animal rights are the protective laws set up to keep animals safe from harm, abuse, or neglect. Some animal rights include proper feeding and gentle care.

As you all may be aware, many acts of cruelty to animals take place all the time, all over the UK and all over the world. However, it is difficult to define some of them as cruel, as opinions can be affected by people’s emotions, cultural background or religion (beliefs).
I first would like to introduce you to the issue of animal testing.
Of course, you may be aware of some animal rights protests or issues that you have come across in the news, many people feel very strongly about the issue, and are willing to go to great lengths to stop it from happening. But, should animal testing be stopped completely? Or should it continue? You may all have your own opinions on this, but are these opinions influenced by your cultural background? Your emotions? Your values? Christianity says that humans are in charge of the animals, and that we are ‘above’ them. So, if this is true, then it is perfectly acceptable to test on animals in order for the human race to overcome illnesses such as cancer. But, the Buddhist religion suggests that humans and animals are equal, so, in this case, would it only be acceptable to test on animals if we are willing to test on ourselves too?

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