Tag Archives: Animal Cruelty

They’re not just ‘human’ rights

For breakfast we eat eggs and for dinner we eat meat. Sometimes we eat both in the same meal. We wear our leather jackets and woollen scarves and buy tickets to attend the circus or visit the zoo. We keep our animals in cages and as children we ran into the local pet shops to beg our parents to buy us a puppy. These are all normal traits of the average human… but are our actions playing a part in restricting basic rights for animals?

Author Peter Singer explains in his book Animal Liberation that an important distinction to make when talking about animal rights is that the basic principle of equality does not require identical treatment, it requires equal consideration.

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Jeremy Bentham, founder of the reforming utilitarian school of moral philosophy explains that when deciding on a being’s rights,

“The question is not ‘Can they reason?’ nor ‘Can they talk?’ but ‘Can they suffer?’”

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Trap, Trap, Trap til the Cage is Full

“The animal, the animal. Trap, trap, trap til the cage is full. The cage is full, the day is new and everyone is waiting, waiting on you.”

Regina Spektor sings the intro to the Netflix phenomenon Orange is the New Black, ‘You’ve Got Time’. The lyrics liken prisoners serving time to animals trapped in a cage.

Animals in cages is a completely familiar concept, we trap them up in Zoos, stables, barns, theme parks and carnivals, along with a multitude of other environments. Some of these animals we trap and raise for harvest, some are taught tricks for entertainment and others we trap simply to observe. The song’s opening lines don’t make me feel uncomfortable because trapping animals in cages is not unusual… however what if Spektor didn’t use a metaphor in the lyrics?

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