Meat is considered to be a go-to meal for many at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. What most do not think about is where their burgers or chicken wings are really coming from. Animals live dangerous lives in enclosures and cages, where they are forced to eat and sleep against their own will. Peter Singer discusses some of these issues in his article, “Animal Liberation” and how this freedom will take time and commitment. Singer talks about the harsh treatments of these farm animals and the factory farming that goes on behind the scenes. He knows that animals cannot express their feelings through words, so their actions should be acknowledged instead. Because the animals are not ...view middle of the document...
When he talks about the sponsors, he says,
The contributors to the book may not all see the issue this way. They are a varied group.
Philosophers, ranging from professors to graduate students, make up the largest
contingent. There are five of them, including the three editors, and there is also an
extract from the unjustly neglected German philosopher with an English name, Leonard
Nelson, who died in 1972. … The other pieces are by a psychologist, a botanist, a
sociologist, and Ruth Harrison, who is probably best described as a professional
campaigner for animal welfare (Singer 205).
It is obvious that there are many different views included in this article and the more opinions, the stronger the argument. Individuals who wrote these articles may not have coincided that they were supporting a liberation movement for a cause such as animal welfare, but all together, they have.
There are those that may see animal rights as a joke and not want to take it serious. Black Liberation and Women’s Rights are seen as more legitimate liberations. It is clear to see that all humans, black, white, male, or female, are equal in leadership, intelligence, and logic. Animals are nonhuman, therefore they are considered as less than the same. Equality does not hinge on one’s intelligence or IQ, but the person behind the intellect. In comparison, treatment of people versus animals should be alike. Regardless of the type of human, each should be given respect and dignity that they deserve. It is unjust for animals to be subjected to little to no regard, because they do not speak or complain about how they are treated.
The action in which some humans take when dealing with animals is horrifying. A reoccurring question, “Do animals other than man suffer?” often goes unanswered fully. It is apparent that animals feel pain and understand what it is like to be unhappy, but sometimes that is all they know. The internal make-up of animals may not be identical to that of humans, but both have nervous systems and can express when they feel uncomfortable. A person hurting usually expresses it through words and actions. It goes unnoticed when an animal is suffering, expect for the occasional yelp, writher, or groan. Singer says,
Since pain is a state of consciousness, a “mental event,” it can never be directly observed.
No observation, whether behavioral signs such as writhing or screaming or physiological
or neurological recordings, are observations of pain itself. Pain is something one feels,
and one can only infer that others are feeling it from various external indications (Singer
Just because the pain is not as visible on an animal as it is to a human, it does not mean that it is not happening. Animals try to call out to their abusers in hopes that they will take away the...