Do We Really Love Our Animals? Matchmaker.com: Sign up now for a free trial. Date Smarter! Do We Really Love Our Animals? Do you consider yourself a pet lover? Do you love animals in general? Can you imagine yourself as a little boy in a trailer far away from the depths of socialization? Once upon a time there was this boy, and this boy had a friend. No matter how hard times got he had Bo. The boy was incredibly happy because he had always dreamed of having a dog like that, a companion. Then your friend dies and you are left standing. Can you imagine the pain? Nobody likes to lose a good friend or a pet, and the majority of the population loves animals. However, evidence points that people dont like animals as much as they claim to because the majority of the population tends to over look the genocide that exists this very instance. Gandhi once wrote, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the ways its animals are treated”(Why Vegan? 1) Gandhi brings up a good point because the issue of Animal Rights is in fact an issue of ones moral code.
To define the morality and ethics, this paper will refer to Ayn Rands definition taken from the book, The Virtue of Selfishness. Rand describes itthis way, “It is a code of values to guide a mans choices and actions that determine the purpose of his life” (Rand 13). Can the common animal lover really love animals that much and is it in their moral code to protect the living? Maybe they would if they were presented with the facts about vivisection and the meat industry. The truth of the matter is, people dont love animals as much as they claim to, because they allow mistreatment, support companies that practice Vivisection, and the majority of the population still eats meat. The first form of oppression comes from probably one of the most grotesquely cruel practices of all.
Did you know that from buying your toothpaste to buying your cosmetics, you open yourself up for the opportunity to participate in the funding of Vivisection? PETA, an international non profit organization designed to protect the rights of animals has defined the term as, “Vivisection is the practice of experimenting on live animals” (PETA 1). Lets start with the large amount of animals Vivisection effects. The American Anti-Vivisection Society reports that, “Between 25 and 50 million animals are killed in American Laboratories each Year”(www.aavs.org/Doc). Animals such as mice, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, cats, dogs, primates, sheep, cows, and pigs are subjected to the effects of Vivisection. The tests are conducted by government agencies, corporations, hospitals, the military, and chemical companies. The single largest financier and advocate of vivisection would have to be The National Institutes of Health(NIH).
The saddest part about this is that we as taxpayers are paying for the inhumane and cruel treatment of animals. Every time we pay our taxes we are supporting Vivisection. The American Anti-vivisection Society states that, “These animals can be subjected to a mydraid of painful procedures. They are burned, starved, irradiated, shocked, mutilated, kept in isolation, poisoned, drugged, electrocuted, and the list goes on and on”(www.aavs.org/Docs/). The tests range from a monkeys eyes being sewn shut for long periods of times, to a dogs eyes getting burned by radiation, and even so far as to subject fully conscience cats and dogs to surgery with no anesthetic.
When they are done, if they survive they are then reused for more tests. Often times, animals such as dogs and cats are silenced through a grotesque procedure. This process which consists of cutting the animals vocal chords to silence the specimen. The most common type of test used by corporations is the Draize test. The Draize test is used for testing the safety of the corporations product.
Sidney Gidens put it best in his essay entitled “The Use of Animals in Science”, where Gidens says “Named after its inventor, John Draize, who developed the method in 1944. The test consists of placing rabbits in stocks that immobilize their heads and then dropping the substance to be tested into one eye, using the other eye as a controller”(Regan 199). These tests are often conducted over elongated periods of time, and usually the fate of the animal is blindness, sometimes death, and always pain. Rabbits are the most commonly used animal involved in Draize testing because their tear ducts are too inefficient to dilute the harmful substances being drained into their eyes. One of the most common arguments for Vivisection would have to be the scientific fable of the impression of helping mankind. This point is not valid, for the fact that computers and technology have revolutionized the field.
Often times the researchers have no central data base to store information that is not even needed so the tests are continued over and over again. PETA states, “Computer modeling shows great promise for testing human responses to various stimuli, and many drug and cosmetics companies already use artificial skin to gauge the biological responses of human skin to their products”(PETA 2). Since there are no efficient databases to hold information gathered from these tests, it therefore must be repeated, and this costs money as well as the lives of millions of innocent animals. They have the capability to feel just we humans do, and we as humans should strive to be humane. When you take a baby cow from its mother,that mother cow is going to morn and feel sad.
Even worse, if you were to perform live surgery on that animal and drip poison into eyes all day ,well then that animal is going to feel pain. The truth is that Vivisection wastes money and lives that could otherwise be spared. “The average American consumes 120 pounds of beef each year. Our carnivorous needs must also be condoned. To meet this enormous demand, Western Civilization has developed the ultimate killing machine to feed the hungry masses. Its called the slaughter-house”(Faces of Death).
I have seen a cows head placed inside a metal face cage. After the cage is locked the cows throat is then cut and the animal is left to bleed to death. This method is known as Koshering. It only makes up a small percent of the killing of animals because it is not in high demand. The process requires that the animal bleeds to death as a cleansing process. “The cow chokes on his own blood.
I could only feel pity” (Faces of Death). This institutionalized form of cruelty is also known as Factory Farming and is fueled by Americas fast food culture. Other supporters of the consumption of meat are religion, culture, and history. Animal agriculture is commonly being replaced by corporate farming. “More than 90% of farmed animals in the US are raised in these intensive confinement systems.
The intensive systems are promoted and defended as necessary for the production of low-cost meat”(Why Vegan? 2). To receive a greater total in net production, animals are often overcrowded to the point where the animals die. Take a look in the agriculture magazine NATIONAL HOG FARMER. In the November 93 edition there is an article entitled “Overcrowding Pigs Pay”. This title alone tells you how the economics involved in this form of death, obviously out weighs the compassion one might otherwise possess.
Dr. Bernard Rollin states that is, “more economically efficient to put a greater number of birds into each cage, accepting lower productivity per bird but greater productivity per cage..individual animals produce, for example gain weight, i …