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Do Animals Have Rights Should animals be harmed to benefit mankind This pressing question has been around for at least the past two centuries During the early nineteenth century animal experiments emerged as an important method of science and in fact marked the birth of experimental physiology and neuroscience as we currently know it There were however guidelines that existed even back then which restricted the conditions of experimentation These early rules protected the animals in the sense that all procedures performed were done so with as little pain as possible and solely to investigate new truths Adopting the animals perspectives they would probably not agree that these types of regulations were much protection considering the unwanted pain that they felt first followed by what would ultimately be their death But this is exactly the ethical issue at hand For the most part animal rights are debated in regards to two issues 1 whether animals have the ability to rationalize or go through a logical thought process and 2 whether or not animals are able to experience pain However it will not do simply to cite differences between humans and animals in order to provide a rational basis for excluding animals from the scope of our moral deliberations Rollin 7 This Bernard Rollin claims would be silly He says that to do this is comparable to a person with a full head of hair excluding all bald men from his moral deliberations simply because they are bald The true ethical question involved is do these differences serve to justify a moral difference Rollin 7 Also which differences between humans and non-humans are significant enough to be considered in determining the non-humans fate Over the years many differences have been proposed Some theorize that rights depend upon the ability to possess interest which in turn depend upon the ability to form verbal formulations for example If this were so then it would rule out the
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