14.   If animal rights activists prevail, domestic animals would be extinct.

 If we stop breeding domesticated animals, some will survive and some will not.  It would be left up to them to reproduce naturally as opposed to artificial human intervention.    Feral chickens, pigs, and other farm animals have the ability to survive off the farm. They do not require human intervention to continue to exist.

15.  If we ceased to use animals, we would have to make dramatic changes in our lifestyles. woman in fur

This is a meager excuse for the use of animals.  Change can be scary, but society has survived and evolved from other social movements and lifestyle changes.  The computer replaced the typewriter, the automobile replaced the horse and carriage, the self-checkout stand replaced the checkout clerk, live telephone operators have been replaced by automated telephone services, salespeople replaced by online shopping, bank tellers replaced by online banking and ATM machines, etc.

16.  Eating meat is natural.

Many opponents of animal rights assert their opinion under the notion that human beings are naturally carnivores or omnivores.  Many scientists and medical doctors point out that a plant-based diet is more suitable for humans and proclaim that humans are natural herbivores

According to Dr. William C, Roberts, editor of the American Journal of Cardiology:

Although we think we are, and we act as if we are, human beings are not  natural carnivores. When we kill animals to eat them, they end up killing  us, because their flesh, which contains cholesterol and saturated fat, was never intended for human beings, who are natural herbivores.[1]

According to Milton R. Mills, M.D.:

 In conclusion, we see that human beings have the gastrointestinal tract structure of a “committed” herbivore. Humankind does not show the mixed structural features one expects and finds in anatomical omnivores such as bears and raccoons. Thus, from comparing the gastrointestinal tract of humans to that of carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores we must conclude  that humankind’s GI tract is designed for a purely plant-food diet.[2]

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17God put animals on earth for us to use. God gave humans dominion over animals.

Religious beliefs are an inappropriate argument against animal laws.  Religious beliefs are highly subjective and personal.  Even within a religion, people will wrangle over God’s commands and intentions with regard to animals.

Not all religions believe that humans have “dominion” over animals. Among those that do, the notion of “dominion” should be interpreted to mean compassionate guardianship, not greed, violence, and indifference.  The Garden of Eden did not include circuses, factory farms, rodeos, bullfighting, dog fighting, a fur industry, and barbaric animal experiments.   Would God approve of all this?

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18.  Only humans have immortal souls. This gives us the right to treat  animals as we wish.

Many religions teach that all animals, not just humans, have immortal souls.  Nonetheless, if only humans are immortal and/or have souls, our obligations towards animals increase, rather than decrease, since this is the only life that animals have.

                             With great power comes great responsibility.” – Voltaire

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When one religion attempts to prevail over another, wars begin and lives are ruined:

  1. The Crusades.
  2. The Thirty Year War.
  3. The Taiping Rebellion.
  4. World War II.
  5. Lord’s Resistance Army.
  6. Lebanese Civil War.
  7. Algerian War of Independence.
  8. Islamic Revolution.

 

[1] See Kathy Freston, “Shattering the Meat Myth: Humans Are Natural Vegetarians” (11.17.2011), available at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-freston/shattering-the-meat-myth_b_214390.html.

[2] http://www.vegsource.com/news/2009/11/the-comparative-anatomy-of-eating.html