"Almost all of us grew up eating #meat, wearing #leather, and going to circuses and zoos. Many of us bought our beloved “pets” at pet shops, had guinea pigs, and kept beautiful birds in cages. We wore #wool and silk, ate #McDonald’s burgers, and fished. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved.
Animals surely deserve to live their lives free from suffering and exploitation. The capacity for suffering is not just another characteristic like the capacity for language or higher mathematics. All animals have the ability to suffer in the same way and to the same degree that humans do. They feel pain, pleasure, fear, frustration, loneliness, and motherly love. Whenever we consider doing something that would interfere with their needs, we are morally obligated to take them into account.
Supporters of #animalrights believe that animals have an inherent worth a value completely separate from their usefulness to humans. We believe that every creature with a will to live has a right to live free from pain and suffering. Animal rights is not just a philosophy it is a social movement that challenges society’s traditional view that all nonhuman animals exist solely for human use.
Only #prejudice allows us to deny others the rights that we expect to have for ourselves. Whether it’s based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or species, prejudice is morally unacceptable. ( @theresiabacklin) #stopanimalcruelty #stopeatinganimals #vegan #animalsarenotours #humanity #compassion #govegan #animalliberation #animallover #fastfood #breakfast #lunch #dinner