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Copy of ToK Presentation: Animal Rights

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Akma Bekbossynova

on 15 January 2014

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Transcript of Copy of ToK Presentation: Animal Rights

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Why is this a contentious issue?
Conflicting Influence
Emotion vs Culture
The legal cost of life(key-chains)
The lucky key chains being sold in China
Culture of animal treatment
Imprisoned animals (without oxygen &food get to live for only a few days,if they are lucky... The most depressing part is that it is completely legal.
Our treatment of animals is based on a primal instinct of respect for life
"Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
The best explanation of the events which are involving human cruelty towards animals is that people assume that animals,especially reptiles and fish do not experience or feel pain... It is the biggest issue.
Lucky Key Chains in China b
Is there any difference between our emotional feelings?(ethics)
it is cruel to cook shellfish and crustaceans alive, because although they have less extensive nervous systems than humans do, they still feel pain.
All over the world Lobsters and fish cooked alive...
Prolonged suffering-fishing hurts
The biggest issue is that people are feeling the Power over other living creatures. And overall, such thing will appear until people will not overcome their want to be superior.
...Hiding in the pride of mankind, their unjustified sense of superiority over other living organisms, the possibility to decide the fate of animals on your taste and kill for fun or entertainment.
Knowledge issue
*To what extent it is morally justifiable to receive enjoyment and profit at expense of animal life?

*How do we make judgement about the value of life based on emotion and ethics?
Can we ever agree on moral values?
* Ethics
Ethics may change over time.
• Ethics can be different in different societies.
Social intuitions
Most people think they are good judges of character and can tell when people lie. This is not the case.

*Emotion -
There are six primary emotions:
• happiness
• sadness
• fear
• anger
• surprise
• disgust
Genesis 1:26
Unfortunately people are not considering morality issues
Both pain and stress are key survival mechanisms.

Ethical issue
People did not grow up enough to realize the significance of life.
Ethics – strictly speaking – is the study of morals and moral behaviour. Unfortunately, since we all make moral choices every day, we tend to think of ourselves as ‘experts’ in ethics, and think that our own opinion somehow counts as an ethical argument. It usually doesn’t! You’ve all had colds and done mental maths, neither of these makes you an expert in human biology or statistical analysis. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking ethics is easy or common sense.

Man is a ruler of the animal world-he is permitted to use them to satisfy his needs
Then the value of animal life is less than that of a human


From another perspective, new market opportunities, such as life fish and reptile key chains, help businesses to make profits. It is undeniable that many people can benefit from reacting to the emerging demand, basing their judgments on hard reason rather than emotions and morality. As long as consumers demand the product and there are no legal boundaries there is no negative sides to its supply on the market.
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