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When faced with the choice of sparing an animals life or saving a human being most people would reasonably choose to save the human But are human needs more important than non-human animals Most people think of animals as objects whose purpose is to serve our desires and whims whether for the taste of their flesh or the feel of their fur and skin or the profit that can be made from either of these activities Perhaps we should rethink the multitude of ways we use animals for our purposes and endeavor to minimize their pain discomfort and wastage in performing such necessary functions as research and agricultureIt is a common belief that all creatures are created equal Therefore humans do not necessarily have the right to test animals to serve our own desires and whims We actually utilize more animals today than ever before Not only do we eat ride shoot wear trap hunt and farm animals but we experiment on millions of animals world-wide each year In the 2 major areas of farming and experimentation alone approximately a hundred billion animals are killed in the world every year Use of experimental animals in the United States is estimated to be from 70 to 120 million World-wide there is about 500 million experimental animals altogether1Most of us know that what we do to animals we would never do to people We understand that people have certain rights that keep us from being eaten worn or experimented on by other people What we dont realize until we really examine our beliefs about animals is that rights cannot belong exclusively to human beings A cow who has been killed skinned dismembered and ground up is beef leather or hamburger A laboratory rat is a research tool or model It is hard if not impossible to understand that like ourselves non-human animals are sentient which means that they are able to experience pain and suffering and have
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