Date: May 25, 2006
So what is the difference between animal welfare and animal rights? For those of you who think there isn't much difference, you will be shocked. A difference which anyone who contributes money to helping animals should definitely understand. Animal welfare is an ideal that has been around for over one hundred years. An ideal that decrees it is our responsibility as human beings to provide animals with the proper housing, nutrition, treatment, protection and humane euthanasia when necessary. For hunting and harvesting this would include responsible management to ensure conservation and humane harvesting techniques. Animal rights sprouted in the 1960's and believes that human beings are equal to all other animals. Basically, when you catch a mouse in a trap it's the same as crushing your child's skull. They believe no animal should be used by humans for any purpose such as companionship, farming, transportation, food, assistance, etc. While animal welfare advocates work toward enriching the bond between humans and other animals, animal rights advocates work toward driving a permanent wedge between the two.
Ingrid Newkirk, founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said,
"There is no rational basis for saying that a human being has special rights. A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy. They're all mammals."
How do you make an equality comparison of different species based on the similarity of their species class? What I find curious is the animal rights groups will make statements of how all animals are equal but then discriminate against those that have been modified to suit human needs. Is it the animals fault that they were bred this way? In their own belief , should these animals not be given the same rights as all other animals, even humans?
Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has said,
"We have no problems with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding."
Interesting. I think Wayne and his posse should put on their brown shirts because Hitler would be proud. In Wayne's grand scheme we line up the cows, chickens, pigs, goats, sheep, dogs, cats and any other domesticated animals and kill them all. This would leave the master races of pure blood wild animals.
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