Why Animals Deserve Legal Rights

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In Steven M. Wise's article, “Why Animals Deserve Legal Rights”, Wise states that having rights is important because it shows importance of existence. Humans have come a long way from once being classified as objects or things by other humans to "now every human is a person in the eyes of the law" thanks to legal rights. However, Wise believes legal rights should not be exclusive to humans. He believes animals who are deprived of legal protection should be defended from torture, abuse, and exploitation.
For the majority of his argument, Wise explains why autonomy is not a valid reason why animals do not deserve legal rights. Yet, there are so many other points left out that can validate rights for animals.
Wise briefly touched on fact that "Judeo-Christian theologians sometimes argue that humans are made in the image of God", implying humans are far more superior than nonhumans and should be given rights. However, the Bible states nonhumans or animals are also the creation of God, thus, it wouldn't make sense to regard animals as just things and treat them like so if humans are also created by God. The point is, even if one believes in God or not, nowhere does it say humans are above all other living things. All living things are granted the same privilege to live and exist. Humans aren't asked to treat animals as equals in terms of giving animals all human rights but to treat them with respect and decency.
People may think little of animals and their role in society. But the reality is that animals play a vital role in everyone’s lives. Wise explains how without legal protection, animals are “killed, sometimes painfully, during biomedical research" and "raised in factories so crowded that they're unable to turn around, and then killed for food.” Though Wise gives an impression animals being used for research and food is bad, such acts are necessary for humans…...

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