Animals Deserve Rights

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Animals Deserve Rights

Allie Hanscom
DE English, Block 3Y
Mrs. Johnson
March 13th, 2013

Abstract The use of animals for entertainment or gaming constitutes animal cruelty because they are subject to unjust suffering or harm. Animal rights activists are justified in their belief that the use of animals for entertainment or gaming constitutes animal cruelty because it is proven through factual evidence that animals suffer needlessly in the name of entertainment. Animals are victims of violence when they are forcefully involved in activities for the purpose of entertainment, and should not be exploited by humans because they are unable to make decisions for themselves. Although animals are incapable of giving consent to
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Animals are not properly protected by the law and as a result, they must suffer deadly consequences. There has been a certain incident that exposes a major breach in federal law when in reference to the article, The Cruelest Show on Earth by Deborah Nelson, which tells of an appalling mistreatment of a circus elephant. In the article, the City Council of Los Angeles bans circus elephant performances in traveling shows and exhibits due to the occurrence of an unruly death of a three-year-old Asian elephant. The elephant one morning was supposed to perform his usual tricks in The Greatest Show on Earth when he clearly became sick. The attendants alerted a circus veterinary technician, worried for the elephant. In the article, Nelson states what was supposed to have happened in this instance, “Under federal regulations, sick elephants must get prompt medical care and a veterinarian’s okay before performing. Neither occurred, and at show time Kenny [the elephant] trotted out to the center ring” (Nelson, 2011). The attendants did not stress any concern for the elephant’s poor health and allowed him to make his third appearance. After the third show, the elephant’s condition worsened as he began bleeding from his bottom. The elephant crew gave the elephant water and shackled him in his stalk. Less than two hours later, a night attendant discovered his “bloodied body on the concrete floor” (Nelson, 2011); he was

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