Edward Nicholson “The rights of an animal: a new essay in ethics”

Many animals are still denied their rights today. In a small number of cases, only some species (such as cats and dogs) enjoy legal protection, for example. This proves only one form of discrimination concerning animal rights. People make big differences between different species, they only appreciate those animals that suit them in any way or benefit them. Cats are cuddly, dogs are loyal, dolphins are friendly. Such an understanding of animals is highly degrading since they are only taken into account when they are in a function, whether they are used for therapeutic, social, or service purposes. The true value of animals is constantly ignored. That’s why when people feel that an animal can’t offer them the above, they use it as food.

“Animals have the same natural right to life and liberty that human beings do” -Edward Nicholson

Neo-Cartesian snake

Nicholson presents a view that “an animal has right only if it can feel” if an animal is not able to “feel” there is no reason why we should not be doing anything to it, unless it is from someone.

The fight for animal rights is only in its incentive. It will only achieve success when people realize the true value of animals. This value does not depend solely on its usability and human perception. One should respect all living things and even those who at first glance do not seem so fun, attractive, or loyal. After all, it all comes down to the fact that we must face our fears, and the strongest of these fears is the course of our development after we have eligible their rights.

Attaching certain rights to animals means using humane creative power to seek alternatives to animal exploitation. This attitude will lead to an ethical revolution, which will be much more insightful and grounded than any industrial or political revolution in our history.

The complete liberation of animals leads to the complete liberation of man.

Bibliographies: https://archive.org/details/rightsananimala01lawrgoog