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Animal Rights

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Wolfgang Mitterhauser

on 26 April 2010

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Transcript of Animal Rights

1. History:
Albert Schweitzer represented the draught of the reverence for the life. As a key sentence of his view the statement became popular: „ I am life which wants to live, in the midst of the life which wants to live. “ From it followed for Schweitzer that the principles of the ethics end not on the kind border between person and animals, but the person is obliged to ethical behaviour compared with the whole creation. 2. Keeping of Pets: From view of many protection of animals organisations should orientate itself on a farm animal husbandry appropriate for protection of animals in the biological signs and needs of the respective animal species. Social animals should be held in suitable groups, with appropriate to the species possibilities of employment and enough space for movement. Compared with the interests of the agriculture in which the conditions of breeding, posture, food, transport and butchering orientate themselves with reference to economic necessity there are consideration conflicts to the protection of animals. 3. Animal transports and butchering: For animal transports within Germany a maximum time of eight hours is permitted, for animal transports abroad there is by observance of regular stopovers no temporal restriction. In Switzerland the new protection of animals law intends a maximum time of six hours. The butchering of animals should occur under previous numbing and without unnecessary pains and sufferings. This is only difficult with the butchering in the chord to guarantee. The shafts without numbing which needs in Germany of a special authorisation have led to special discussions. 4.Exposure of animals: Animals are often purchased to Christmas or to birthdays thoughtlessly. In many cases would not be very long the joy, and now what can they do with the animal. Then not seldom these animals are put out cruelly on highways or in the wood, where they mostly find the death. A much better solution is the animal home where the animal can live on and find new owner's. 5.Animals for Entertaiment: It was always a problem in the eyes of the animal welfarist that animals are abused to the entertainment. An example of it is the bullfight where the bulls made very aggressively, the blustering amount and the noise make the animal, in addition, nervous and afraid. A problem is also the trimming of animals for making tricks, because this does not correspond to her natural behaviour. 6.Bioassays: The excuse for bioassays is always this that it serves the welfare of the humanity. With bioassays the harmfulness or the environmental compatibility from active substances is examined. Besides, not seldom big tortures are added to the animal or it is infected with a virus to find out the results. It also is not always sure that an active substance functions with an animal functioned also with the human. Animal welfarists exert themselves about the fact that such attempts become less and less. 8. WWF-World Wide Fund of Nature The organisation was founded in 1969 in Switzerland. Till today there originated from it a worldwide network. In the foundation document the following tasks are noted: Protection of animals, plants, woods, scenery, water, ground and all natural resources. The organisation wants a future in which person and nature live in the harmony with each other. The WWF has already co-operated with many big organisations. At the moment the Oragnisation co-operates with Coca Cola, Nokia and Canon. 7. Poaching: Many animal species are also threatened by unlawful killing. Thus elephants are killed, for example, in Africa because of the ivory. Or rhinoceroses are killed to receive trophies. Also other animals are killed to receive trophies. Also here the protection of animals with special ranger`s which act as a police in the wilderness exerts itself. 9. Thank you for your attenion!
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