Posted On: Nov. 18, 2017
Do human beings have any obligations to animals in terms of their treatment? If it is wrong to treat animals cruelly, why is it not wrong to eat them? Explain if, and how, you think humans can find a balance between treating animals ethically while also raising them for food and for other reasons, such as the testing of pharmaceuticals.I think we do have an obligation to treat all animals fairly. I think the difference between treating an animal cruel, and still eating the same animal, comes down to survival. It’s no different than the lion hunting its prey, or man hunts his. I think when suffering is involved with killing animals that’s where my problem lies. I think for the most part when raising these animals for consumers consumption, care should be given to these animals whether or not we know if they have a long or short term survival. Does it make it right for a person who does not eat meat to still eat eggs? Just because the chicken is not killed, the conditions the chicken is being raised in may be cruel. I think before we judge or try to convince others why eating meat is good or bad. I think we have to think of the conditions on how and where are food comes from, whether it’s an apple or a steak! Mosser, K. (2013). Philosiphy: A concise introduction. San Diego: Bridgeport Education, Inc. Our obligation to treat animals fairly is derived from the fact that we should respect life. But then there is another school of thought which says if all of us become vegetarian then what will happen to mankind ? The food will become scarce and people may not be able to satisfy their hunger. It is the survival that plays an important role while deciding how to treat animals. In a jungle also , it is again the survival of the fittest principle that holds good. Nature has made this rule and we have to follow it without any pangs of conscience.