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The '''animal rights''' movement (sometimes called the animal liberation movement) is a [[liberal]] philosophical movement which seeks to get [[animal]]s the same rights that [[human]]s have. Most animal rights activists oppose the practice of using animals as [[commodity|commodities]] or [[property]].<ref name="about.com">[http://animalrights.about.com/od/animalrights101/a/ARtenets.htm The Basic Tenets of the Animal Rights Movement] </ref> Typically, animal rights activists oppose [[hunting]], [[animal testing]], wearing [[fur]], and the consumption of [[meat]]. Many practice a [[vegetarian]] or vegan diet.  Some activists (especially those who identify themselves as animal liberationists) even disagree with the practice of owning [[pet]]s and seeing-eye dogs.<ref name="acmain">[http://www.activistcash.com/organization_overview.cfm/oid/21 ActivistCash.com]</ref>
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The '''animal rights''' movement (sometimes called the animal liberation movement) is an [[Authoritarian]] [[Leftist]] philosophical movement which seeks to restrict the rights humans have to own, hunt, and eat animals; for some activists this extends to protecting animals from unnecessary pain and suffering, whereas more extreme adherents demand that animals be given the same rights that [[human]]s have.
  
Detractors to the animal rights movement argue that since animals do not have the capacity to make [[morality|moral]] decisions they can not be given the same rights as humans.<ref name="about.com" /> Some opponents even argue that the goals of the movement are not animal liberation, but placing restrictions on the lives of other people.<ref>[[Center for Consumer Freedom]], [http://www.consumerfreedom.com/issuepage.cfm/topic/8 ''Animal Rights'']</ref>
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Most animal rights activists oppose the practice of using animals as [[commodity|commodities]] or [[property]].<ref name="about.com">[http://animalrights.about.com/od/animalrights101/a/ARtenets.htm The Basic Tenets of the Animal Rights Movement]</ref> Typically, animal rights activists oppose [[hunting]], [[animal testing]], wearing [[fur]], and the consumption of [[meat]].  Many practice a [[vegetarian]] or vegan diet.  Some activists (especially those who identify themselves as animal liberationists) even disagree with the practice of owning [[pet]]s and seeing-eye dogs.<ref name="acmain">[http://www.activistcash.com/organization_overview.cfm/oid/21 ActivistCash.com]</ref>
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Detractors from the animal rights movement argue that since animals do not have the capacity to make [[morality|moral]] decisions they can not be given the same rights as humans.<ref name="about.com" /> Some opponents even argue that the goals of the movement are not animal liberation, but placing restrictions on the lives of other people.<ref>[[Center for Consumer Freedom]], [http://www.consumerfreedom.com/issuepage.cfm/topic/8 ''Animal Rights'']</ref> It should be noted that many prominent animal rights proponents, including [[Peter Singer]], do not propose that animals have the capacity to make moral decisions. Rather, they argue that because humans have the capacity to make moral decisions, it is up to humans to make the moral decision about whether or not we treat animals in an acceptable manner.<ref>Peter Singer, Animal Liberation, 2009</ref>
  
 
[[David Gelernter]] argues:
 
[[David Gelernter]] argues:
*the moral universe of Judaism and Christianity centers unequivocally on man. Human beings have rights and moral duties—kindness to animals being one. Animals have neither. The duty of kindness to animals is a duty owed not to nature but to God, a morally crucial distinction. <ref> [http://www.city-journal.org/html/6_4_the_immorality.html] </ref>
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{{cquote|The moral universe of Judaism and Christianity centers unequivocally on man. Human beings have rights and moral duties—kindness to animals being one. Animals have neither. The duty of kindness to animals is a duty owed not to nature but to God, a morally crucial distinction.<ref>http://www.city-journal.org/html/6_4_the_immorality.html</ref>}}
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The [[creationist]] advocacy group [[Answers in Genesis]] has suggested that the real aim of the animal rights is to justify [[abortion]] by using [[moral equivalence]] as its argument - if [[human beings]] are no better than animals, and if we can kill animals when we want (as for food or clothing), why can't we kill unborn humans? <ref>[http://www.answersingenesis.org/docs2004/0830letter.asp]</ref>
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== Atheism and animal abuse ==
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''See also:'' [[Atheism and animal abuse]]
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Below are some articles related to [[irreligion]] and the treatment of [[animals]]:
  
Political writer and President of the [[Heritage Foundation]] Edwin J. Feulner writes,
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*[[Atheists and dog meat eating]] (Dog meat slaughtering in countries with [[state atheism]] is known for its brutality.<ref>*[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjbWQAASPcs Chinese Dog Meat Festival | Undercover Cameras Reveal Brutality Chinese Dog Meat Festival | Undercover Cameras Reveal Brutality], ABC News, YouTube
{{cquote|I'm sure many of today's animal-rights activists don't know that nearly 58,000 cases of polio were reported in the United States as recently as 1952. Today, that crippling disease has been eradicated thanks to research on rabbits, monkeys and rodents. And while it was tragic when animal-rights activist Linda McCartney succumbed to breast cancer earlier this year, at least her life was prolonged with chemotherapy—another treatment made possible by animal research.<ref name=EFAR>Edwin J. Feulner, [http://www.heritage.org/press/commentary/ed110498.cfm Animal Rights and Wrongs] Heritage Foundation</ref>}}
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*[https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/article/1644440/love-dog For the love of dog], ''South China Morning Post'', 2015
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*[https://www.huffingtonpost.com/jill-robinson-mbe-drmedvet-hc/animal-welfare-debate-is-_b_7205164.html Animal Welfare Debate Is Alive and Well in Vietnam]. Huffington Post, 2015
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*[https://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/700598/Kim-Jong-un-wants-North-Koreans-eat-dog-meat-stamina-food Now Kim Jong-un wants North Koreans to eat DOG for 'stamina food'], ''Express'', August 16, 2016</ref>)
  
The animal rights movement is gradually loosing their support.<ref name=EFAR/>
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*[[Cat slaughtering practices in China]] ([[Communism|Communist]] China's cat meat trade is notoriously brutal.<ref>[http://www.hsi.org/news/press_releases/2018/12/cats-saved-china-121118.html 375 cats saved from Chinese slaughterhouse after tip-off from heartbroken cat lover], Humane Society International website</ref>)
  
==Animal rights and Nazism==
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*[[Cat meat trade in Vietnam]] (The cat meat trade in communist [[Vietnam]] is known for its barbarity.<ref>[https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5818658/video-vietnam-cat-meat-market-pets-butchered/ DROWNED LIKE RATS Gruesome pictures show a cat meat market in Vietnam where terrified pets are caged, killed and cooked], The Sun, March 2018</ref><ref>[https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/932285/Cat-meat-market-vietnam-gruesome-photos-animal-cruelty-slaughter-drown-boiled-alive-photos ''Inside a sickening cat meat market: Photos reveal the horror of barbaric cat trade''], Express, 2018</ref>)
Animal rights was supported by the [[Third Reich|Nazi regime]] in [[Germany]] under the dictatorship of [[Adolf Hitler]] which lasted from 1933-1945.<ref>{{cite book|author= Thomas DeGregori|title= Bountiful Harvest|publisher= Cato Institute||year= 2002|pages= pp153|isbn= 1930865317}}</ref> It was the Third Reich where scientific experiments on living animals were outlawed. The Nazis used this animal rights as a tool to persecute the [[Jew]]s as part of their genocidal campaign know as the [[Holocaust]].<ref name=>{{cite book|author= Kathleen Marquardt|title= Animalscam: The Beastly Abuse of Human Rights|publisher= Regnery Publishing|year= 1993|pages= pp125|isbn= 0895264986}}</ref>  
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===Animal rights and neofascism===
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*[[Atheism and bestiality]]
Neo-fascists, i.e. modern day people who advocate the [[fascist]] and [[Nazi]] ideology of [[Benito Mussolini]] and Adolf Hitler, support animal rights. Neo-Nazis in Germany used the slogan "Stop animal experiments - use Turks instead". In the United Kingdom, fascist groups have demonstrated animal rights policies. The aim of a group of fascists in the United Kingdom include "Total ban on all animal experiments, Total ban on the use of animals in ANY form of entertainment, Total ban on ALL hunting or shooting of animals."<ref>[http://www.armyths.org/]</ref>
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==Terrorism==
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*[[Irreligion and the treatment of horses]]
Domestic [[terrorism]] by animal right organizations in the [[United States]] is on rise.<ref>[http://www.heritage.org/Press/Commentary/ed040804b.cfm]</ref> The animal right group [[Animal Liberation Front]] (ALF) is considered to be a terrorist organization by the United States Department of Homeland Security.<ref>[http://www.cq.com/public/20050325_homeland.html Animal Rights Groups and Ecology Militants Make DHS Terrorist List, Right-Wing Vigilantes Omitted]</ref> The ALF is considered to be terrorist threat by both the [[Federal Bureau of Investigation]] (FBI) and [[Scotland Yard]]. The tactics used by the ALF include vandalism, economic damage, arson and burglary. In the [[United Kingdom]], the ALF used mail bombs and car bombs. In [[North America]], the ALF activities resulted in millions of dollars of damage.<ref>Harvey W. Kushner, Encyclopedia of Terrorism, pp 32, SAGE, 2003, ISBN 9780761924081</ref> According to John Lewis, deputy assistant of FBI, animal rights extremists together with [[environmentalist]]s are involved in over 1,200 criminal incidents since 1990.<ref>[http://edition.cnn.com/2005/US/05/19/domestic.terrorism/index.html FBI, ATF address domestic terrorism]</ref> Terrorism expert professor Paul Wilkinson at St Andrew's University said animal rights movement in the United Kingdom now tops the list of causes which result in violence in the country.<ref>[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/902751.stm Animal rights, terror tactics]</ref> Frankie Trull, founder of the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR),<ref>[http://www.fbresearch.org/AboutFBR/FBRBoardandPresident/tabid/441/Default.aspx]</ref>, wrote in the ''[[Los Angeles Times]]'' "Animal rights extremism is getting worse. ... These extremists have chosen to circumvent the legal system and use fear and terror as their primary weapons. ... Animal rights groups sensationalize animal research by portraying scientists as violent animal torturers. In fact, researchers who use animals in their quest for new drugs and medical breakthroughs are human beings who dedicate their lives to alleviating the pain and suffering of both people and animals. Animal research is done humanely and only when necessary. ... It's time for law enforcement to send a message to animal rights extremists by making a more concerted effort to apprehend those involved."<ref>[http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-trull18-2008aug18,0,1625747.story Animal rights terrorism]</ref>
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==See Also==
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==See also==
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*[[War on Science]]
 
*[[Humane Society of the United States]]
 
*[[Humane Society of the United States]]
 
*[[PETA]]
 
*[[PETA]]
 
*[[ASPCA]]
 
*[[ASPCA]]
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*[[Atheism and bestiality]]
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*[[Evolutionary belief and bestiality]]
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*[[Liberalism and bestiality]]
  
 
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Latest revision as of 23:41, 30 June 2020

The animal rights movement (sometimes called the animal liberation movement) is an Authoritarian Leftist philosophical movement which seeks to restrict the rights humans have to own, hunt, and eat animals; for some activists this extends to protecting animals from unnecessary pain and suffering, whereas more extreme adherents demand that animals be given the same rights that humans have.

Most animal rights activists oppose the practice of using animals as commodities or property.[1] Typically, animal rights activists oppose hunting, animal testing, wearing fur, and the consumption of meat. Many practice a vegetarian or vegan diet. Some activists (especially those who identify themselves as animal liberationists) even disagree with the practice of owning pets and seeing-eye dogs.[2]

Detractors from the animal rights movement argue that since animals do not have the capacity to make moral decisions they can not be given the same rights as humans.[1] Some opponents even argue that the goals of the movement are not animal liberation, but placing restrictions on the lives of other people.[3] It should be noted that many prominent animal rights proponents, including Peter Singer, do not propose that animals have the capacity to make moral decisions. Rather, they argue that because humans have the capacity to make moral decisions, it is up to humans to make the moral decision about whether or not we treat animals in an acceptable manner.[4]

David Gelernter argues:

The moral universe of Judaism and Christianity centers unequivocally on man. Human beings have rights and moral duties—kindness to animals being one. Animals have neither. The duty of kindness to animals is a duty owed not to nature but to God, a morally crucial distinction.[5]

The creationist advocacy group Answers in Genesis has suggested that the real aim of the animal rights is to justify abortion by using moral equivalence as its argument - if human beings are no better than animals, and if we can kill animals when we want (as for food or clothing), why can't we kill unborn humans? [6]

Atheism and animal abuse

See also: Atheism and animal abuse

Below are some articles related to irreligion and the treatment of animals:

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Basic Tenets of the Animal Rights Movement
  2. ActivistCash.com
  3. Center for Consumer Freedom, Animal Rights
  4. Peter Singer, Animal Liberation, 2009
  5. http://www.city-journal.org/html/6_4_the_immorality.html
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  7. *Chinese Dog Meat Festival | Undercover Cameras Reveal Brutality Chinese Dog Meat Festival | Undercover Cameras Reveal Brutality, ABC News, YouTube
  8. 375 cats saved from Chinese slaughterhouse after tip-off from heartbroken cat lover, Humane Society International website
  9. DROWNED LIKE RATS Gruesome pictures show a cat meat market in Vietnam where terrified pets are caged, killed and cooked, The Sun, March 2018
  10. Inside a sickening cat meat market: Photos reveal the horror of barbaric cat trade, Express, 2018