Why I believe animals deserve a higher place in modern society

This is a subject that usually causes a riot when discussed. A lot of people are against this idea, because it’s their believe that animals don’t have feelings and are put on this earth for humans to dominate and use them and to rule over their lives. Most humans believe they are at the top of the food chain.

However, there are also those who do believe in this statement. I’m one of those people and I strongly believe animals should have a higher place in modern society.

First of all, I don’t believe people even have a higher place in society than animals. We’re an arrogant specie, entitling ourselves to be superior over other species and dumbing animals down, claiming they don’t have feelings and are worthless to society, other than providing food and needs for humans. I always wonder why humans believe they are at the top of the food chain. We’re not faster or stronger than a great deal of animals. Yes, we humans have a great deal of intelligence at our disposal. But then again we’re also the only species who are bent on killing the very planet that sustains all life. Intelligence is relative.

Also, animals don’t have a voice to speak up for themselves, so I believe humans should do that for them. Do I think animals should rule human society? No, I don’t. But that doesn’t mean it’s okay to kill, abuse, starve, torture and slaughter other living creatures. It’s illegal to kill another human being, but somehow it’s okay to kill and harm animals, as if that’s any less worse. It’s an illusion that our treatment of animals has no moral significance.

Finally, animals are not ours, animals are not things. They are living creatures, just like humans. Animals actually do have feelings. By not responding on the torture that’s going on, we actually do respond. We are equally responsible for what we don’t do. To me, it’s not about if animals can reason or talk, but about the question “Can they suffer?”.

I want to believe in Leonardo da Vinci’s wish: that one day the time will come when men will look upon the murder and harm of animals as they now look upon the murder of men. And if slaughterhouses and factory farms would have glass walls, would you still be able to look an animal in the eyes and say you can’t see the pain we humans are causing? Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.

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4 thoughts on “Why I believe animals deserve a higher place in modern society

  1. I couldn’t agree with this more. This has been a topic very close to my heart for some years, and I don’t see any change in the world around me. Sadly, it’s not just slaughterhouses and factory farms, but puppy mills and dog fighting rings and lab testing. I’ve heard all my life that these things are OK because animals don’t have souls. I always ask how anyone knows this, but I never have gotten an answer. I even remember being told as a child that my dog wouldn’t go to heaven since he didn’t have a soul. I was finally told that there was a “doggie heaven”, and I immediately said that I wanted to go there! Oddly enough, my partner was told the same thing, and her response was the same as mine!

    • Hi Jocelyn,

      I completely understand what you’re talking about. The thing that bothers me most though, is when people around me get all worked up about dogs or cats being abused (which is absolutely horrible and I’m glad those people care at least about that), but when you tell them what happens to baby cows and chickens, no one cares…

  2. I also agree. I may take it a little far, like catching flies or ants and releasing them outdoors, but I feel that all too often people thoughtlessly take the lives of other living creatures. And what right do we have to do that?! I do understand the need to survive, so I am okay with people who eat meat. BUT, if you do eat it, it should be done RESPONSIBLY. I think that BECAUSE we can understand the impact of what we do that is all the more reason we have the DUTY to take care in our actions. And if people would just realize the hidden cost in those ‘cheap’ meat products (stress hormones, antibiotics that lead to resistance, nutrient poor product, e-coli contamination, river contamination, air pollution, government subsidized fossil fuels, government subsidized grains, etc) then they could realized that those ‘cheap’ products aren’t in ANY way better for themselves or their pocket books.

    • Hi Chandra!

      I think it’s admirable that you take flies and ants back into nature. I fully agree with your reasoning, I just wish more people thought that way. Lets hope awareness towards animals will become more present in modern day society!

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