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Animal Rights 1 Running head: ANIMAL RIGHTS My Topic: Animal Rights [Author’s Name] [Institution’s Name]
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Animal Rights 2 My Topic: Animal Rights The wonderful book ‘Animals' Rights Considered in Relation to Social Progress’ by Salt Henry led me think upon crucial subject of animal rights deeply. After reading this, I showed much interest and searched another wonderful work by Tom Regan which also discussed the issue in many details. First, as questions raised by these works, the most basic way in which rights can be understood in regard to animals is to say that animals can be wronged. Of course, it is possible to assert this without resorting to rights language, as, for example, those might do who believe that our obligations to animals are just treating them with kindness and abstaining from cruelty. However, arguing from the perspective of rights puts a stronger foundation under the notions of kindness and absence of cruelty; it states in a much more emphatic way that there are restrictions on what we can do with and to animals and that these restrictions arise from something within the nature of the animals themselves. Second, arguing for animal rights means that our duties to animals are direct rather than indirect. Rights and duties are typically reciprocal, so that if we say that a creature has rights, then others have the duty to protect those rights. Having indirect duties to animals means that what is wrong with harming animals is not primarily the harm resulting to an animal but the harm potentially resulting to a human being. (Henry S. Salt, 1990) It means that the reason, or motivation, for refraining from cruelty to animals is the effect that the action will have on the
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