What does the phrase "animal rights" mean?
Many people use the phrase "animal rights" like a dirty word. It's easy to see that some people wouldn't want to be labeled as an animal rights activist.
Supporters of animal rights believe that non-human animals are not ours to use for food, clothing, entertainment, experimentation, or any other purpose. They believe animals deserve consideration for their best interests despite their usefulness to humans.
Isn't eating plants cruel too?
Animals are not as smart as humans, so why can't we eat them?
Does being smarter than your roommate give you the right to grill them up at a tailgate? And I'm sure we know animals that are geniuses compared to these guys.
If being smarter than someone makes it okay to eat them, everyone and their mom would be eating babies and brain-dead coma patients. And saying that humans don't count is morally schizo, plain and simple.
There are humans who need help, why do you spend time helping animals?
It's funny that foodball players or dry cleaners aren't asked why they do what they do, even thought there are humans that need help, but animal aid workers are! There are serious problems in the world, no doubt. Cruelty to animals is one of them. Helping animals is not any more or less important that helping human beings - they are both important and they are usually interconnected. (for ex...) Surely, everyone should be asked, "What are YOU doing to make this a kinder world?"