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rights to this?
What is a right? A right is a moral power to claim some value in yourself. Because we are human beings, because we have aspirations and can make claims on this world, human beings have rights. We're sentient like animals, but unlike animals we are able to do things that are beyond our biological imperatives. We do not simply hunt, eat, and fuck. We create art and institutions. We have creativity and the capacity to make decisions based on past experience and future hopes.
Can an animal do any of that? An animal cannot make art (arguably, many humans who claim to be artists can't either) because art requires more than just random flashes of color. Although many animals have a herd or pack mentality, they do not have institutions. Animals have no sense of the past, and they have no hope for the future. The only thing they are able to care about is fulfilling their present needs.
"But why do they protect their young if they don't care about the future, Jack?" Because biology compels them to do so, HTNS. "Predators mark their territory, so isn't that making a claim on the world?" Nope. Making a claim on the world means that you understand something about the world, and you articulate something about how the world works. What do animals understand of the world?
Animals have no rights. They're not human, so how could they? What's more, they don't recognize anything that has to do with rights. "Well of course they don't Jack, because they don't have the brain function." Well, if they don't have the brain function to recognize a concept like rights, then why should we impose that concept upon them?
Animals don't care about you or any other animals. A lion would slaughter any of us in a heart beat if it was hungry. Hell, male lions slaughter the cubs of rival prides. (When people say that humans are the only things on this planet that kills its own species, I can't help but laugh.)
Animals may not have rights, but that doesn't mean we should completely shit on the cause of Animal Rights. Animal Rights, as misguided as 99.9% of the advocates for it may be, is not about the animals and their little made-up rights. It's about humans. Just because some sentient creature doesn't have rights doesn't mean we have the right to treat it inhumanely. A person who is able to be cruel to another sentient thing, someone who is able to torture it or not give it the proper care, is a vile person.
As custodians of this planet, as beings of higher cognitive capacity, we should treat living things with the respect that life deserves. Does that mean we shouldn't eat other animals? Hell no. But if we're going to eat the flesh of a once living creature, we should be respectful enough to make its death quick and painless.
So these PETA idiots are retarded. If the Sea World whales should be set free from their "slavery," then all animals should be set free. Milk cows, oxen, goats, sheep, whatever. Who cares if there are people who live off the land and off the back of their livestock. Fuck 'em, right?