The treatment of animals is happening all around us all over the world. Everyday people can see what is happening to animals on television, the internet, and even reading it in newspapers. Animals are great companions and benefit humans. They do not deserve to be treated unethically because they do have the ability to feel pleasure, pain, and suffering just like humans do. Animal cruelty is an ongoing crime that more than likely will not ever be stopped but at some point may be lowered in numbers.
In this paper the ethical treatment of animal will be briefly discussed, and then explained from the perspective of Utilitarianism. The definition of Utilitarianism suggests that there is an obvious solution that is fair, and it may be on that appeal to common sense as well. (Mosser, K. 2010) The ethical treatment of animals should always be humane and morally right. The issues faced everyday are some case of animal cruelty such as eating animals, wearing them, experimenting on them, using for entertainment, or abusing them in any way.
Animals count on humans to take care of them because they cannot take care of themselves. Once a bond of trust between a human and animal is formed the animal will begin a true friendship with love and nurture towards its human. Animals are used for food more than they should be. I’m not saying that every person should become vegan but should really look into where there food is coming from. They say that farmed animals are intelligent and capable of feeling pain just as dogs and cats do. More than 16 million animals that are killed for food in the U.S. are not legally protected from cruelty. When a farm animal is killed it is not against the law because they are more than likely using them for meat.
It’s sad to think that they don’t have more rights like cats and dogs. Cows, calves, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, and other animals live in very stressful conditions. They are jammed pack into cages or pins, they are deprived of general exercise their bodies need, and they are fed drugs to fatten up quicker to kill for meat, and also are genetically altered to grow faster to produce at a faster rate than naturally. (PETA, 2012) With that being said people should really take a minute to see what the treatment of animals go through just so they can have food for themselves. Animal cruelty is wrong and an example of utilitarianism is that people often look at the results or consequences and see that it benefits them self’s but not the animals. The obvious solution to this situation that is described in U
Animals shouldn’t have to die to benefit someone’s fashionable wardrobe. They should not be killed just to be worn by humans. What if it was a human killing another human to make a purse out of their skin, sounds absurd right? Well animals are more alike humans than they think. Animals suffer because people want their skins or fur for their jackets, purses, shoes, and many more. PETA says that fur farmers use the cheapest and cruelest killing methods available, including suffocation, gassing, and poisoning. In China millions of dogs and cats are bludgeoned, hanged, bled to death, and sometimes even skinned alive for fur. (PETA, 2012). How could a human being see an innocent animal be killed in such cruel ways to help put money into their pockets? People need to be more caring about animals and respect the fact that they have feelings just like humans. Humans should just shop for clothing that is not made from an animal because an innocent animal had to die just so they can look fashionable.
Millions of animals suffer through painful and unnecessary tests each year. All over the world in laboratories they are tortured and in pain from experiments. Why should people use animals to test human reactions and hurt the innocent animal? Even though experimentation will still go on people should be more aware of how morally wrong it really is. Animals may have different side effects than humans do because their bodies and systems are much smaller than an average human. Most of the animals that have gone through enduring pain and torture are almost all killed.
More than 100 million animals suffer every year because of experiments tried on them. People test cosmetics, household cleaners, and other consumer products on animals and many of them are poisoned, blinded, and killed by these cruel corporations. (PETA, 2012) Humans should stop thinking about what will benefit them in the long run and think about the feelings of the poor innocent animals that have had to suffer to make sure that it is safe for humans.
Once again animals are used for human’s benefits and in this case it’s for money; animals are not actors and shouldn’t be forced to put on shows. Most people enjoy watching animals perform tricks and stunts but have they really thought about how actually wrong the animals behind the scenes are treated. Take circus animals for instance they are forced to perform under the threat of physical punishment and usually are carted around the country in cramped cages in boxcars. The trainers of the animals in the circus train by using whips, muzzles, tight collars, and electric prods. After performing they are usually locked back up and kept in small cages not being able to freely walk around in the wild like they should be able to do. (PETA, 2012)
Mostly every human being in this world at one point has had an animal to take care of. There are the lucky animals that have great owners and treat them like their best friends and then there are some that are unlucky because their owners don’t take care of them and treat them badly. Animal abuse is a huge problem in America and it doesn’t make any sense if you want to abuse and animal why would you even have one. Across the United States there are countless dogs that are chained up and forced to eat, sleep, and relieve themselves in the same filthy patch of dirt every day. There are also those people who put shock collars on their animals to train them not to bark or go outside of a certain area.
All of these are huge problems in animal cruelty and there is at least one case or more every day. Six to eight million stray and abandoned animals enter shelters every year, and about half of them must be euthanized because of a lack of good homes. (PETA, 2012) Anyone looking for an animal should go to their local animal shelter and adopt animals that deserve companionship. Animals put in just as much effort as humans do to have that companionship. Humans should never lay a hand on an animal even if they have done something wrong because their thought span is not very long so more than likely they have no idea what they did wrong in the first place.
Everyday an animal is involved in animal cruelty. Utilitarianism in this case has shown that people may think about the consequences but really don’t care about them as long as it benefits themselves. Animals deserve proper care and respect just as any human does because they also have feelings. Ethical treatment for animals is not killing them for food, not killing them for clothing, not experimenting on them, not using them for entertainment, and not abusing them in any shape or form. Animals are great companions and will give you as much love that is given to them. Check out PETAs website and see what all people can do to stop animal cruelty and make a difference in our world.
PETA. (2012). People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Retrieved from: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/factory-farming.aspx Mosser, K. (2010). Introduction to Ethics and Social Responsibility. San Diego, Bridgepoint Education, Inc. Retrieved from: https://content.ashford.edu/books/AUSOC120.10.2