Animal Rights Activism in America
Posted: Oct 02, 2020
In the current world we are living in, many families eat meat daily, buy leather products daily, go to zoos, and even circuses. Many buy pets and keep them at home while others trap beautiful birds and lock them up in cages. Some go fishing every day, others go to McDonald’s for burgers, while others have to wear silk and wool clothes to show their sense of style and fashion.
But while doing all that, have you ever thought the origin of the products you are eating or wearing. Have you ever thought about what the animals involved went through? Such thoughts are what spurred the actions of many people for animal rights.The Emergence of Animal Rights Activism
To start with, everyone should know that the basic principle of equality does not require identical or equal treatment; instead, it requires consideration. Have you ever asked yourself whether animals should have rights? If your answer was no, you should reconsider.
Animals have the right to live lives free from exploitation and suffering. Just like all humans, animals have the ability to suffer and feel pain. Animals feel lonely, frustrated, fearful, pain, and they need love.
Animals have an inherent worth that is different from how useful they are to humans. Every living creature has a right to live a life without suffering or pain. Prejudice is not acceptable in terms of morals. If you wouldn’t eat a cat, why eat a goat?
Both cats and goats have the same capacity to feel pain but prejudice makes us think one animal is there for companionship while the other is a meal.
Animal rights activists emerged when they saw the prejudice people have on animals and swore to stop that. Ever since that time, different people have joined the animal rights movement with an aim to fight for animals’ rights.National Animal Rights Day in Los Angeles
The National Animal Rights Day in 2018 was held in Los Angeles and was commemorated to remind people that animals have rights too. The Animal Services Commissioner for Los Angeles at that time was Roger Wolfson. Previously, Roger was the counsel to various political figures like Ted Kennedy and John Kerry.
On the National Animal Rights Day, Roger Wolfson made a speech to the crowd. He gave a story about a dog called Cargo. The dog was found in the streets of Los Angeles and had been sexually assaulted and, unfortunately, passed away due to the injuries.
Roger said commuting sexual crimes to animals and poisoning them is cruelty. Roger asked the crowd to help in ending such crimes and informed people of the rights animals have.Celebrities Fighting for Animal Rights
Many celebrities have joined different movements for animal rights. Some have even made themselves public in activism sites to inform people.
- Olivia Munn—Olivia is an outspoken advocate and an actress who is strong in animal rights. Olivia keeps telling people they can be fashionable and updated without harming animals. Currently, Olivia teamed up with PETA and they praised her when she explained how circuses treat elephants. When explaining, she said the elephants are out in large crates and stay there all day shocked and all they are allowed to do is dance around a ball. Olivia has also written a letter to the USDA telling them elephants were never created to be forced to carry riders as they walk in endless circles, kept in chains, or locked up in cramped trailers.
- Alicia Silverstone—Alicia is a vegan actress who has been recognized by animal organizations like PETA. Besides being a vegan, Alicia never wears woolen clothes since she says that is mistreating sheep.
- Ellen DeGeneres—the famous talk show host from Ellen has been trending in the news for her animal activism. In 2009, Ellen was announced to be PETA’s Woman of the Year. Ellen does not wear any animal products and, as if that is not enough, she spreads issues about animals on her talk show. She tries to convince people to switch to a vegan diet by saying how beneficial the diet is. Also, Ellen tells her viewers to live a life free of cruelty to people. In addition, Ellen has a natural pet food company that has given free pet meals, provided shelters to animals, and rescued many.
As you can see, treating animals humanely is what animal activism is all about. If everyone would think about what they can do to make life better for animals, and then proceed to make the changes, the world will be a better place.
Jaylin is a Staff Writer for Bizmaa focusing on business analytics, business systems, gadgets and other small business news. She has a background in information and communications technology coordination.