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Should the power of humans over animals be absolute? Most would say no, animals should have rights they say, well they do, they have plenty. They have the right to be treated with respect, to not be exploited, and the right to live in a suitable habitat. If you are a vegetarian, you can say that humans and animals are considered equals. However, most people around the world eat meat made out of an animal. At this point, we know that we stand at absolute power over an animal.
PETA statistic have shown that, “100 million animals are killed in labs every year.” For example, monkeys are one of the animals that are used the most to be tested on because they can be quite similar to us. PETA has announced that more than 100,000 monkeys have been experimented in the United States. When monkeys go through labs it is painful, they do not get fed, humans experiment a lot on them until they are completely killed.
This is considered torture but yet no one seems to care enough to stop experimenting on animals forever. They can’t stop experiments on animals because then the next option would be to experiment on a human which is against human rights. No human has an objective to this kind of testing because then if not a monkey then a human who need to be tested. Human lives were saved because of the lab experiments being done but what about the animals that died. As we can tell humans have the absolute power over animals.
Although people believe they want the best for animals this might not be true if they continue going to zoos. The PETA website teaches us what a zoo does to the animals held captive, “they breed animals because babies sell tickets.” Baby animal are often taken away from their mother as soon as they are born. Another thing that happens to animals inside a zoo who are held captive in a zoo, is that they go crazy. The New York Times says it’s called “severe psychic suffering”. All the pacing that lions, tigers, bears do while caged in is because they feel so trapped and uncomfortable. This pacing around condition is called “zoochosis.” We humans know that zoos are made for the entertainment of humans. Human needs always come before the animals.
As an American, I know that we eat a lot of meat throughout the year, “Americans consume an average of 270 pounds of meat per person per year.” We know it’s not necessary to consume that much meat, but we enjoy eating it. Vegans and vegetarian’s website like PETA have always warned us about the harm being caused to those cows, chicken, fish, pig, and the turkeys we eat, but yet the National Survey reveals that eighty percent of Americans eat meat more than three times a week. We are well aware of the harm we are causing to the animals we eat but our need for meat comes first.
Dogs and cats are seen as our pets, our family. What is the difference between a dog and a pig or a cat and a fish? They are all animals, aren’t they? China has many festivals throughout the year but the one that has stood out is the dog and cat festival they have. At first you might think “aw how cute they’re celebrating a day for their pets” you would be wrong. This festival is prepared a year in advance. They need a year in order to catch enough cats and dogs to sell to their customers, “At the Yulin festival in China this year, thousands of dogs and cats will be cruelly killed and used for food.” For Chinese this is very normal, but for Americans who have found this out see Chinese as cruel people and eating a dog or a cat should not happen. It is vile to eat a pet; it is considered animal cruelty.
Why is it that a dog or cat considered more important than a cow or pig? All animals should be considered equal but, in all reality, they are not just like we humans are not equal to animals we have control of animals, we use them for our wants.
Humans will choose humans over an animal. A gorilla named Harambe was killed in 2016 because a young child fell into the animal’s enclosure. The child was not being harmed and gorillas are an herbivore so what could possibly happen. Well the zoo keepers a Cincinnati Zoo say, “Unfortunately for the gorilla, the only really positive way to ensure the safety of the child was to dispatch the lethal force.’ The first choice was always to save the child over the animal not because he is young but because he was a human. What if the roles were reversed and instead of killing the animal, they let the animal kill the human? The kid’s parents did not take care of the child, so it is their fault if the gorilla kills him. Why kill a gorilla who was just relaxing in his home and an intruder named “a human” trespassed? That role will never happen because we cherish a human life more.
By now we know animals have no self-control their brain is not wired for them to believe that someone is more important than another if you’re meat your dinner to a lion no matter who or what you are. A man from the American Association of Zoo Keepers called Hansen said, “It’s just the nature of the species. All animals in the zoo are wild animals, and their behaviors are instinctive’ For example, a two-year-old boy and his family were at Disney in Florida. It was nine at night and they were relaxing by the lagoon, the boy was out in the water although there was a no swimming sign. He was dragged by an alligator, Florida sheriff searched for the body and had to dissect seven alligators in that same lagoon. The boy’s body was found intact in the water not yet eaten by the alligator. Everyone was much more relived to be able to give the family their sons intact body. No one stopped to think about the seven lives they took from the alligators. The boy’s dead human body was more important than any alligator alive.
Humans have the capacity of imagination, animals don’t. We are able picture things that we do not experience this is an important difference between a human and an animal and one of the many reasons why we have the absolute power over animals. Not only are we able to have imagination but also be self-aware. I read an article that said, “The concept of free will is one that has taxed philosophers for millennia, but it is clear that we are not automatons like most animals are.” As a human we have the ability to question ourselves, to learn from our mistakes, we have compassion animals think differently. For example, you come across a lion your first instinct as a human is to stay calm and not move. Their instinct is that you are their dinner and they are ready to kill you.
I have discovered a quote in Genesis 1:26-28 that God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the ear.” Translating this in my mind would mean that we have the absolute power over an animal. We have the right to eat an animal if we are hungry. A human is able to live their life and an animal should continue their own without having such great attachment to them because this is how the world has always been animals are meant to be our food not to have rights like us.
In conclusion, we are able to talk, laugh, have feelings, compassion, imagination, inspire others, able to cure someone or something, and even beyond that we can construct. We have managed to construct new homes in places where animals use to live and rebuild multiple times throughout generations. Now we are able to understand that humans are more important than animals because of our traits like our imagination, intelligence and technology. Yes, humans and animals have “worth”, but humans have more worth than animals, making them more important. Animals have only been part of our journey. We have the absolute power over any animal.
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