Hyunseo Noh Y9 Noro

4th Feb.2017.

Animals do not have a voice

If you ignore their suffering,

I will remind you of it.

If you don’t understand them,

I will translate.

If you don’t hear them,

I will be their voice,

You may silence them,

But you cannot silence me

As long as I live

– Anita Mahdessian –

“Following Jeremy Bentham’s “The Principles of Morals and Legislation” that states “The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but “Can they suffer?”, one may sink into a reverie of the depth of these words. The fact is sad but true, uncommon for the daily thoughts of humans but still remains palpitating. The soul is the same in all living creatures, deny it or not. Right about three thousands of animals are dying daily because of abuse made by humans, with 5 millions of them daily tortured in labs to help the progress of an industry.

Animals are a major part of the environment. To protect the rights of animals is must to every human in the environment. Animal rights are also known as “Animal Liberation”, meaning that the most basic interests of non-human animals should be treated the same way as the similar interests of human beings. Animal law is taught in 119 out of 180 law schools in the United States, in eight law schools in Canada, and is routinely covered in universities in philosophy or applied ethics courses; still we are far behind in understanding the animal rights. I agree with Utilitarian approach, which states that animal ethics should be morally considered. It means that this is the duty of humans to protect animal rights. If a community is rejecting animal rights it suffering from ‘speciesism’, which means the community is following racism and is sexiest (Louis, 2008). All the major religions prevailing in the environment like Islam, Christianity and Buddhism also recognizes the rights of the animals. These three major religions teach us about animals and help humans to know about the rights of the animals (Louis, 2008). Canada and United States of America has strict laws against animal cruelty. In Canada there is zero percent tolerance towards animal cruelty, which is written in the Contemporary Canadian Criminal Code

Animal testing is also known is as Animal Research, Animal Experimentation and In-Vivo. In-Vivo refers to as experimentation within a living being. From its very basic definition we can see that how cruel this process is. These types of experiments hurt animals as a whole or damage them where they became useless. Animal Testing is done in various fields such as cosmetic testing, clinical testing and pharmaceutical products. According to an estimate almost 20 million animals are tested and killed annually. Out of these 15 million are tested for medication and 5 million for other products. According to medical experts, animal testing is must for medication, otherwise it’s nearly impossible to tell the side effects of certain type of medications. During these testing procedures animals are not given proper pain killers to save them from the intense pain the animals bear and hence a number of animals die every year because of these experiments.

The question of which we all should think is that the only way left? Is it really justified to kill millions of animals to make medicines? There should be alternatives that can protect the animals from undergoing through such a painful process. It is really hard to replace animal testing in medical field but yes animal testing can be replaced with non-animal models in other fields like cosmetic testing which is not required by law. In medical field as well testing of various medicines should be done in a manner in which animal bears the minimum pain and are not killed. Proper painkillers should be given to the animal and medical scientists should treat the animal as a living being. Animals are treated as if they don’t breathe and don’t have feelings. Our society never wants to find alternatives to animal testing, as it is the easy way out.

Animals are a part of our environment and are living creatures. They breathe; need food, shelter and love. As a good human and a member of this environment we should take care of the animals and put every effort forward to protect them from abuse and over killing. The use of animals in experiments, testing and clothes should be minimized. Research should be done to find alternatives to animal parts like skin.