Animal Rights - Ethics

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EthisCarly Peters
Ethics, Night Class
Mr. Hobbs
May 6, 2013

An Ethical View into Animal Rights

In May of 2007, two humpback whales, a mother and her calf, found themselves stranded in a fresh water river off the coast of California. They were in the process of migrating from Alaska to Mexico, when they made a wrong turn under the Golden Gate Bridge, and into the San Francisco Bay. They landed over 90 miles away from the Pacific Ocean that they needed to return to for survival. Their skin began showing signs of distress and injury, and the public decided it was time to get involved. They began sending in all their ideas on how the whales could be coaxed back through the river, into the bay, and off to the ocean. They sent e-mails, made phone calls and visits to government agencies, and came up with countless original ideas that they wanted to share with officials. The longer time went on, the more worried people were becoming about these whales. Fortunately, the Coast Guard was eventually successful in coaxing the whales back through the channel and out to the Pacific after many failed attempts. Why do people care so much about other living creatures? Another question I must bring up is should we be spending so much time and effort on them when there are many other human needs of people that need to be met around the world? I will be connecting many ethical philosophies to this idea of Animal Rights throughout this discussion, and hopefully you will be able to formulate your own moral stance to the answers of those questions. Animal Rights isn’t seen only in the saving of creatures that need rescued. Every year, millions of people go hunting. Sometimes they are successful in the hunt, and sometimes they are not. Many say that hunting is part of the food chain, the natural cycle of life and death. Other forms of hunting might raise more of a…...

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