animal � what comes to your mind when you hear this word

Animal � what comes to your mind when you hear this word

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Animal. What comes in to your mind you first hear this word? Perhaps something furry, something feathery, something slimy? This is what seems to pop into most people’s mind when they think “animal”. However do you think of a life, a beating heart, and a struggle for survival against all odds? Take a moment and think about this. Animals are not cuddly stuffed toys that you can see in toy stores. They are living, breathing creatures, and they were given a life just as humans were. They also have to eat, survive and try to live their lives just like humans do. There is a huge difference between the way animals have to live their lives and the way humans live their lives. Animals are forced to struggle for survival; they fight for their lives. Animals are on their own from the moments they step on this plant to last moment they leave. Animals have to face many threats, humans now being one of them. In today’s society, cruelty towards animals is a growing epidemic because people do not value this worth of an animal’s life. Human treat animals as if they were property, as if we have control over their lives and what happens to them. We use animals for our enjoyment; places like circuses are created just so humans can go see what amazing trick an animal can do. This is an immoral act; animals are here for themselves not for us. They have their own lives, they have feelings, and they feel pain. To simply say that non-human animals should not deserve rights is an absurd statement. People come to this “conclusion” because they come up with some mindless babble like, non-human animals can’t talk, drive cars or vote, and therefore they have no non-tradable properties. Well answer me this; do non-human animals have the right to
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exist in their natural environment and express behavior that matter to them? We withhold non-human animals the very basic rights, simply because they don’t resemble humans. Since they have it so harsh, why do we humans take pleasure from inflicting pain on them, from killing them? They have no defense; they do not have guns and rifles, they do not make traps and snares, nor can they retaliate. Hunting, poaching and shooting for pleasure, or “sport”, is both sadistic and extremely cruel. Sadistic because, you kill something that cannot defend itself in any way, something who can run only so far away from you before you catch it. Poaching an animal because of its beautiful ivory tusks or its strong horn is very unfair and signifies greed. Humans can get anything they want, they can buy anything they want in a store, but these beautiful assets of tusks and horns are God-given, and they are the elephants’ and the rhinos’ to keep, they are a part of their body. The same goes for snake and crocodile hides; they are the reptiles’ skins! If only poachers could stop to think and imagine themselves being shot down by a huge
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Animal � what comes to your mind when you hear this word

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