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Anthropological Arguments for Animal Rights
A discussion on animal rights activism.
# 106697 | 860 words | 5 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Aug 12, 2008 in Anthropology (General) , Hot Topics (General)


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Description:

This paper discusses animal rights activism, explaining how the subject raises many different issues with equally diverse underlying philosophies ranging from biblical principles, religion, objective ethics, as well as anthropological arguments about what specific qualities and attributes make us human. From the scientific perspective, we now possess the tools and technological capabilities to understand that Homo sapiens differs from other mammals strictly in degree rather than in kind.

Outline:
Introduction
Defining what Makes Homo Sapiens Sapiens "Human" (and what Does Not)
Conclusion

From the Paper:

"Animal rights activism raises many different issues with equally diverse underlying philosophies ranging from biblical principles, religion, objective ethics, as well as anthropological arguments about what specific qualities and attributes make us human. From the scientific perspective, we now possess the tools and technological capabilities to understand that Homo sapiens sapiens differs from other mammals strictly in degree rather than in kind.
"Nevertheless, most animal activist rhetoric focuses on identifying specific attributes as characteristically human upon which arguments for animal rights are based. Extremist groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) go even further, suggesting that all animals be entitled to the same rights as people and that every
form of animal food, clothing, and ownership be abolished. Even more disturbing is that some animal rights terrorists also subscribe to the reciprocal of that concept, arguing that human beings are entitled to no greater rights than those we give animals, justifying the endangerment of human lives in terrorist attacks on research facilities housing animals."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • The Humane Society of The United States; Press Release: Hawaii Set to Become 43rd State with Felony Animal Cruelty Law (4/13/07). Retrieved March 10, 2008 from the Human Society of The United States website, at: http://www.hsus.org/press_and_publications/press_releases/hawaii_felony anima l_cruelty.html
  • Institute for Animal Rights Law (2008) Summary Critique of Federal Animal Protection Statutes. Retrieved March 10, 2008 from the IARL website, at: http://www.instituteforanimalrightslaw.org/federal_critique.htm
  • Moussaieff Mason, J., McCarthy, S. (1995) When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals. New York: Bantam.
  • Tripp, Penny (2003) World Issues: Animal Rights. North Mankota, MN: Chrysalis Books.
  • Winter, Jessica. (2002) Chimp Change; Village Voice (Aug. 6/02)

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