Animals should be respected and have the same rights as humans because they are sentient beings and are intelligent as humans, they have emotions, they can learn difficult tasks and show a decent level of understanding of the situation.Unfortunately, animals have been used as property, they have been enslaved and used to satisfy the needs of humans. Cows, for example, are the most exploited and abused animals in the world. Not only are they abused and raped in order to permanently produce the dairy products, but also their little babies are taken away only a few days after, and separated to be slaughtered. Cows remain enslaved as machines to constantly produce dairy, in a very unnatural way that in any other way it would be possible.
Wen we compare and realize how is it possible for a woman to produce milk, it is only by being pregnant. But, imagine that this woman had to spend her entire life as slave producing milk like a machine. In order for this to be possible, the woman has to be pregnant again, and again, and again, and again. She has to be raped many times, become pregnant and then her babies killed. This situation is horrific if we are able to empathize with what some animals have to endure for this to happen.
Millions of animals have to endure the same in order to sustain the current system of production. this is unacceptable. People need to realize that animals deserve rights and live a life in peace. If Humans were really human, they would accept that animals need to become as important as humans and abolish the use, torture and murder of thousands of animals ever day.
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