Opposing Views has posed the question, “Should Animals Have The Same Rights As People?”
The question is deliberately absurd. Of course animals shouldn’t have exactly the same rights as humans. Animals shouldn’t be allowed to sue other animals, they shouldn’t be allowed to legally marry or form civil unions, they shouldn’t have the right to choose medical procedures for themselves like abortion or birth control, they shouldn’t have the right to attend public schools and learn to read, etc…
But regarding fundamental rights: Yes, animals deserve the same rights as people. The very basic right of governing one’s own body, the right of freedom from torture, the right of freedom from unjustified violence are rights ALL living sentient beings deserve. Animals and humans alike deserve some basic autonomy and freedom from interference from others.
Wild animals deserve to be left alone, not hunted, not captured and euthanized, not caged and enslaved as circus animals. Tame animals/ companion animals/ pets deserve to be treated kindly in a manner similar to how we treat human babies or small children. They deserve food and water, a resting area, opportunities for play, and basic medical care. “Farm animals”/ “food animals” deserve freedom from torture and human-inflicted, unnecessary death. They deserve not to be eaten simply because people like the taste.
Get real. Get honest. Get vegan.