Since my survey brought up such a controversal topic, lets discuss it here.
Do animals have rights? Hmmm...such a tough topic to tackle because there is SO much to it. I mean, really! Where do start? Well...lets think, what makes humans have rights? Can we analyze it from that angle?
Humans have rights because... (and feel free to add onto this list)
- we have emotions
- we can feel pain
- we are made by God?
- we have souls
But what makes it ok for us to have rights and not animals? We must posses some power that animals do not. That is the justification...but no matter what, we're going to have people with different beliefs. Even parts of the Bible claim that they don't have souls, or so some Christians have said. Personally, I think the Bible says the quite opposite, but that is just me. But since the premise of whether they have souls cannot be proven...animals will have a tough time getting rights.
Here is another angle - do dogs know when they're mad? Do they hurt when you kick them? Of course they do! Then how can you by any doubt deny that they have feelings and can feel pain? The next question is, is it possible to have emotions and feelings, but not a soul? Do you honestly think your dog is a robot that has a brain that only tells him when he hurts or feels good?
I think that is enough to start, but debating finding the one thing that makes them different than us is the key to animals rights. What makes us have rights, and do animals have that as well?
Edit: Grrr, I'm having trouble with those typos today! I'm used to my keyboard at home. Sorry about the title typo.