Despite never really being an animal/pet person, I love our family dog (a Cocker spaniel named Honey) more than words can even explain. It wasn’t until we got our first family pet, that I realised just how fascinating animal life really is and the way they bare various similarities to the human race. Take Honey, for example, she is adorably cute, a little stuck up, she cried when she doesn’t get enough attention, walks undercover to avoid getting wet in the rain and looks miserable when her food bowl is empty (all undeniably human attributes). Whilst this seems like a humorous way to compare species, it does largely showcase that we operate on quite a similar wavelength.
Even with researching indicating that both animals and humans experience similar kinds of emotional and cognitive ability, animal suffering is still highly prominent in thousands of countries across the globe. This kind of abuse comes in many shapes and forms, with some acts being deemed more acceptable than others. I was shocked after viewing a confronting video clip called ‘In Another Life’ created by the Mercy for Animals Organisation. It pushed me to question the injustice we have between animal and human suffering, and placed situations in the perspective of suffering animals vs. happy and looked after pets. I think it’s crazy to justify cruel actions by making it seems as though slaughtering animals is somehow kinder, or better than a human murdering another person!
Within the following clip, I want you to take a look at suffering from the perspective of an animal in order to experience the physical and emotional pain, fear and torture they endure when juxtaposed with a happy animal enjoying its life. CLICK HERE to view.
Professor Charles R. Magel, an advocate for PETA states that when asking experimenters why it is morally okay to experiment on animals, the answer was ‘because the animals are not like us.’ This begs us to question why in fact other areas of animal suffering such as animal testing are appropriate if animals ‘are not like us’. If so, wouldn’t our reactions to these cosmetics be completely different? I don’t think we have the right to place ourselves morally higher than animals, yet we constantly continue to do so.
Lastly, like it or not, an animal is able to fully understand it’s surroundings, its relationships with other animals and humans, and it’s own internal body sensations, such as pain, sadness, hunger, isolation, heat and cold.