Brief overview of both opposing and supporting arguments for animal rights
Arguments against use of animals for entertainment
Animal Defender International efforts in campaigning against animal’s exploit
Issues raised in Jump racing case
Brief highlight of why animals should not be used in the entertainment industry
Restatement of thesis
Theaspect of animal rights emphasis on the argument that each animal hasthe freedom to have an independent life and to be looked at as anindividual rather than property or tools of production. Thisargument has made it illegal to exploit animals or use them inresearch centers, in the entertainment field, in the clothingindustries, and as beasts of burden. Several organizations have beenestablished to advocate, put up measures and execute policies thattouch on animal rights. People for Ethical Treatment of Animals(PETA) is one of such organizations others include the AmericanHumane Association and the Animal Allies (Ingram, 2015). In theUnited States of America, these organizations have been reinforced byvolunteers who are also at the forefront in fighting for animals’rights. Laws, touching on animal rights, can be traced back to 1635when a law was passed in Ireland that made it illegal for one toneither pull wool from sheep nor attach ploughs to the horse’s tail(Ingram, 2015). Such acts were termed as cruel and unethical to thebeasts. Animal Welfare Act, enacted in 1966, is also another examplelaw, which was executed by bodies like Animal Care, which remains asthe only federal law that checks on the treatment of animals in theresearch institutions, transport industry, and in the field ofentertainment. The opponents of animal rights activists have alwaysused the lack of reasoning ability in animals as the justification ofany form of treatment towards them. In this paper, I am going toargue against the use of animals in the entertainment industry thisaspect should be made illegal.
AnimalDefender International’s efforts to unearth the atrocities animalsface in the entertainment industry cannot be looked down upon (Reyes,2015). The body has gone an extra mile to uncover the abuses animalsare subjected to in order to perform in movies, marketing strategies,cultural events, and even rides. Several companies have been foundto make use of animals when it comes to certain practices. Forinstance, ADI shot a video showing how elephant trainers usedelectricity and violently beat elephants in an attempt to train themfor the certain festivals in California (Reyes, 2015).
Anothercase study is the Jump racing which has a long history in Australia.The decline of horse racing in 2010 received overwhelming applausefrom animal rights activists (Montoya, 2012). According to them, thejumping over certain heights by the horse could not be justified inany form apart from human entertainment. Parliamentary debates andmedia coverage both point out the cruel human-relations that existedduring the times of Jump racing. They bring out the deaths of animalslinked to the races. Horses were used in a way that intentionallyinflicted pain on the animals, stressed the animals as otherssuccumbed to death just for human entertainment. Whipping of thehorses to push them to maximum speed limits is an aspect that hasraised debates on animal treatment. Currently, flat racing hasreplaced jump racing. Although the number of deaths has gone down,plans are underway to face out the entire aspect of horse racing inrelation to the welfare arguments from animal rights groups (Gerber,2013).
Fromthe description, it is clear that the use of animals in theentertainment industry is purely for the selfish good of man. In allcases, the animal is treated in a cruel way to entertain people.Undeniably, it is high time such acts stopped and, further, thegovernment should declare them as illegal.
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