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#1 Posted by modernww2fare (4919 posts) - - Show Bio
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#2 Posted by Jucaslucasa (6598 posts) - - Show Bio

None.

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#3 Edited by Thedarkpaladin (18567 posts) - - Show Bio

The right to not set off my smoke detector when I cook them.

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#4 Posted by cruelestashley (4202 posts) - - Show Bio

I think zoos should be abolished.

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#5 Posted by jaycool2 (8271 posts) - - Show Bio

Just as many as humans.

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#6 Edited by Mortein (5620 posts) - - Show Bio

Rights do not exist outside our minds.

So they should have those rights that we want them to have.

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#7 Posted by laflux (23901 posts) - - Show Bio

The Right to be tasty :P.

Seriously, I believe in legit personhood for Great Ape species. Animals like Elephants, Cetaceans, Corvids etc should also get some higher status than current due to their intelligence and emotional capacity. Otherwise I am not too sure, although I do believe that testing could easily be reduced (I think that people are too lazy and cheap to use other alternatives), and the Meat and Dairy industry is pretty horrible. The way humans treat animals in generally is less than we ought to, but I will be the first to admit that giving animals "special treatment" simply because they resemble us in certain way is actually pretty selfish.

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#8 Posted by CitizenSurfer (551 posts) - - Show Bio

@laflux said:

Seriously, I believe in legit personhood for Great Ape species. Animals like Elephants, Cetaceans, Corvids etc should also get some higher status than current due to their intelligence and emotional capacity. Otherwise I am not too sure, although I do believe that testing could easily be reduced (I think that people are too lazy and cheap to use other alternatives), and the Meat and Dairy industry is pretty horrible. The way humans treat animals in generally is less than we ought to, but I will be the first to admit that giving animals "special treatment" simply because they resemble us in certain way is actually pretty selfish.

I agree with everything you just said.

But what about domesticated pets?

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#9 Posted by laflux (23901 posts) - - Show Bio

@citizensurfer: I guess thats an exception, but domestication usually has a adverse effect on wild animals.

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#10 Posted by Bumpaddle (128 posts) - - Show Bio

Whatever the owner wants to give them. Animals don't have "inalienable rights" like humans no matter what a few religious nuts say.

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#11 Posted by CitizenSurfer (551 posts) - - Show Bio

Whatever the owner wants to give them. Animals don't have "inalienable rights" like humans no matter what a few religious nuts say.

Actually certain animals do possess rights.

  • The right to be treated with respect.
  • The right to physical, psychological, and emotional health.
  • The right to not be exploited.
  • The right to live in a suitable habitat.
  • The right to be valued for who they are, not for how they can be used.
  • The right to cooperatively share the Earth with other species.
  • The right to live as much as possible according to our natures and to express our individual characters.
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#12 Posted by Helloman (6507 posts) - - Show Bio

I feel that they should not be killed in extremely inhumane ways, but that is a maybe and it depends on the circumstance.

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#13 Posted by Watcher5000 (3652 posts) - - Show Bio

Depends on the animal

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#14 Edited by Bumpaddle (128 posts) - - Show Bio

@citizensurfer: actually no. If an animal attacks a human it gets put down so your whole statement is invalid. What you meant to say is, "In a perfect world animals would have all of these rights," but in reality no they don't have these rights.

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#15 Posted by CitizenSurfer (551 posts) - - Show Bio

@citizensurfer: What you meant to say is, "In a perfect world animals would have all of these rights," but in reality no they don't have these rights.

Those are the actual rights of animals, have you not seen all of those people sent to prison for neglecting their animals?

There was guy recently in the news near where I live and he was sentenced to 3 years in jail, he can never own another animal and he has to pay a fine of £15,000. Want to know what he did? Killed his animal via starvation. The judge stated and I quote "The animal in question was put through unnecessary suffering as well as physical and emotional distress". I'm sorry that you disagree with I stated in my previous post but you can't argue against it.

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#16 Edited by Bumpaddle (128 posts) - - Show Bio

@citizensurfer: Actually, it's my right to argue against you which I won't here because the animal religion gives me a headache just like the gawd religion. Nope.

Or in other words, who cares?

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#17 Posted by CitizenSurfer (551 posts) - - Show Bio

@citizensurfer: Actually, it's my right to argue against you which I won't here because the animal religion gives me a headache just like the gawd religion. Nope.

Or in other words, who cares?

Humans do not possess any right to argue, you have the right to expression but nowhere does it state that humans have the right to argue.

Human rights include civil and political rights, such as the right to life, liberty and freedom of expression; and social, cultural and economic rights including the right to participate in culture, the right to food, and the right to work and receive an education. Human rights are protected and upheld by international and national laws and treaties.

because the animal religion gives me a headache just like the gawd religion.

Leave the thread then?

Or in other words, who cares?

Nearly one-third of Americans believe animals should have the same rights as people, a recent poll finds.

Thirty-two percent of the people surveyed believe animals and humans should have equal rights, up from 25 percent in 2008. Another 62 percent believe animals deserve some protection from harm and exploitation, but it is "still appropriate to use them for the benefit of humans." Only 3 percent believe animals don't require protection from harm and exploitation "since they are just animals," according to the poll.

More people than not.

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#19 Edited by JohnCena69swag (2425 posts) - - Show Bio

The right to vote and the right to bear arms. Merica.

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#20 Posted by black_wreath (12000 posts) - - Show Bio

As a cat with a history of substance abuse, I could use the right to an attorney.

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#21 Posted by Jgames (6209 posts) - - Show Bio

The right to not be treated cruel and to not become extinct unless they caused more harm than good. Otherwise, we will use them for our benefit.

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#22 Posted by Number1Boss (197 posts) - - Show Bio

None.

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#23 Edited by Buckwheat (448 posts) - - Show Bio

Freedom of speech.

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#24 Posted by zr0c00l (2784 posts) - - Show Bio

The right to be delicious

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#25 Posted by soaringturkeys (1768 posts) - - Show Bio

Depends how valuable they are to the eco system.

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#26 Posted by linsanel_Doctor (8631 posts) - - Show Bio

None. Giving them rights would complicate our relationship with animals.

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#28 Posted by Buckwheat (448 posts) - - Show Bio

None. Giving them rights would complicate our relationship with animals.

They must have some rights. If not people abuse them. Would it complicate our relationship with dogs if its owners could beat the crap out of them or kill them?

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#29 Posted by jb681131 (2139 posts) - - Show Bio

@linsanel_doctor said:

None. Giving them rights would complicate our relationship with animals.

They must have some rights. If not people abuse them. Would it complicate our relationship with dogs if its owners could beat the crap out of them or kill them?

There are 2 things that every living thing should have:

  • The right for their species not to extinguish
  • The right not to be tortured or live in pain

Then it's the law of nature, survive however you can.

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#30 Posted by Sergeant-RL3 (1590 posts) - - Show Bio

There are no rights for animals. It's only how nice people collectively decide to be to them, and it's never going to be uniform across nations and cultures. When the Planet of the Apes plot becomes real, then they can come to the table and talk about civil rights.

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#31 Posted by ShootingNova (25434 posts) - - Show Bio

Nah, certain animal rights are protected by laws in certain parts of the world. And I think it's necessary to an extent or else we'd have people go unpunished for wanton acts of animal slaughter and perhaps even more heinous acts just because they enjoy it. But I don't believe anthropomorphizing them is the way to go either.

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#32 Edited by Mrnoital (5880 posts) - - Show Bio

the right to be delicious

and maybe the right to remain silent

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#34 Posted by Juiceboks (20953 posts) - - Show Bio

The right to

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#36 Edited by soaringturkeys (1768 posts) - - Show Bio

I Hunt and spearfish.

There are a few principles that I was taught.

1. Dont shoot something unless it's a kill shot.

2. Don't kill any Natives or anything that is important to the Eco system

3. Only kill something if you want to eat it.

4. Don't kill anything undersized

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#37 Edited by noobsnowman (2735 posts) - - Show Bio

Just to put it out there, it is virtually impossible for animals to be given the same amount of rights as humans.

That being said, killing animals to an extent is necessary and cannot be helped. But brutal treatment of them is an issue that needs to be addressed.

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#38 Posted by Batvibe12 (1317 posts) - - Show Bio

The right to die :)

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#39 Posted by FearSinestro (259 posts) - - Show Bio

Humane deaths at least.

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#41 Posted by Hungry_Sharky (1380 posts) - - Show Bio

Yeah. I don't believe in animal torture. Putting anything through long, excruciating pain is evil.

But I do believe that we should be able to harvest resources from any animal species as long as its resource is more valuable to us than its role in nature.

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#44 Posted by TVC-15 (3651 posts) - - Show Bio

The right to a light barbecue sauce glaze.

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#45 Edited by carolferris (2 posts) - - Show Bio

i think dogs should vote

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#46 Posted by dngn4774 (5428 posts) - - Show Bio

Only the most basic rule of nature, i.e. "If you don't mess with me, I won't mess with you." It's frequently violated but in many cases it's enforced.

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#47 Posted by sophia89 (19791 posts) - - Show Bio

The right to be tasty.

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#48 Posted by zr0c00l (2784 posts) - - Show Bio

@carolferris: they would've voted trump. Being man's best friend and all

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#49 Posted by DarkLegend (223 posts) - - Show Bio

Can't say I've ever cared much about animals. I don't believe in hurting them unnecessarily myself; although, I am indifferent to any suffering they experience.

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#50 Posted by Benjamin_Poindexter (593 posts) - - Show Bio

Most of the responses on here are something I'd expect out of a Grade School kid, and not a very smart one.