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Anthony Jones WHAT DO ANIMALS MEAN TO US When it comes to dealing with animals humans tend to think that they can do whatever they want Animals should have rights just as humans have rights However animal rights are disregarded as we continue to eat and use them in experiments We view animals not as living creatures but as objects to do with as we please This is not the preception that we should have of animals In The Inhumanity of the Animal People Joy Williams speaks of the injustice that befalls animals at the hands of humans Williams says The fact that animals are voiceless is a relief to us it frees us from feeling much emathy or sorrow Williams 1 If animals could speak feeling empathy or sorrow would not be guaranteed as it probably would make no difference given man would continue to use animals to his benefit Catholic moral textbooks instruct that we have no duties of justice or charity toward animals our only duties concerning them are the proper use we make of them 2 This ethical statement gives man another reason to treat animals the way that he chooses It appears that in our society animals are viewed as machines 2 In the laboratory animals have already been reclassified Rats and mice are already excluded from the very definition of animal by the Department of Agriculture 3 By reclassifying these animals when people complain about animals rights these scientists can simply say that these life-forms are not animals so they have no rights Man will stradle whatever line he has to in order to get what he desires This straddling of the line can most easily be seen in the case of the chimpanzee The chimpanzee is mans closest relative and it is physically just like man except it misses 2 percent of the DNA that man has 3 In societys eyes this 2
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