Animals are the heart of the earth. While many roam freely in their natural habitat, many are hosted as pets. Not to say that having a pet is wrong, but there should be a significant extent of control that humans should have over animals. Besides animal abuse occurring in many home settings, animals are abused through poaching and medicinal experimentation to provide for the human population.
According to HumaneSociety.org, poaching is defined as “a deadly crime against wildlife.” Wildlife officials have observed that more than ten million animals are effected annually due to poaching alone. While many poachers engage in such a horrific act for their pleasure, a prize and maybe even the allocation of the animal’s features for goods and services, poaching is wrong. Whether or not one believes that God created the earth, man was given dominion and control over the earth. Biblically, it is stated that the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, were assigned to care for the animals in a manner that would help mankind survive, but also not risk the lives of anything else.
The following animal species have been victimized by poaching: the orangutan, the African Elephant, sea lions, the Red Panda, the Green Turtle, whales and the Bluefin Tuna. Although the few species named are listed “critically endangered” on the endangered species list (see WorldWildlife.org). At times when the damages of poaching have already occurred, many efforts of alerting hunters to not poach a specific species happens in order for that species to reproduce.
While near-poaching alerts help greatly in saving an animal species, this method has failed occasionally, leading to the extinction of a species. Dictionary.com defines extinction as “the state or process of a species, family, or larger group being or becoming [eliminated].” BiologicalAdversity.com states that “[Earth is] currently experiencing the worst spate of species die-offs since the loss of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.” Although the vanishing of species in small quantities is natural, humans are responsible for a large sum of currently endangered species due to poaching. BiologicalAdversity.com infers that “as many as 30 to 50 percent of a species [will] possibly [be] heading toward extinction by mid-century.”
Secondly, in addition to animals being harmed from poaching, they are also used in medicinal experiments. While animal research has provided medical advancements for humans, many animals are often harmed and killed during the process. In spite of certain animals being harmed through an experiment, HealthResearchFunding.org implies that Penicillin, asthma remedies and insulin were made possible through animal testing. To further uplift the value of human life through evolution, science has proven that many animals sharing common ancestors and features with humans would allow hypothetical prognoses of a reaction to be determined without endangering a human life. Because mankind does not have all of the answers to the problems of the world, his unwavering determination may appear ruthless and inconsiderable by those who oppose any fashion of animal cruelty. While several positive resources have been obtained through risking animals’ lives, many hidden, negative flaws still occur that have yet to be addressed.
Lastly, while many may or may not knowingly use medicines and accessories that have been tested on animals, many hygienic and cosmetic products within the beauty market have taken a stand against animal cruelty according to CrueltyFreeKitty.org. For example, prestigious makeup lines, such as Tarte, Anastasia Beverly Hills, It Cosmetics, Too Faced, Urban Decay, Becca and Bare Minerals produce cruelty-free products. Lush Cosmetics and Paul Mitchell are two other hair and body care brands that do not test their products on animals.
In Conclusion, while animal cruelty appears inhumane and dangerous to both humans and animals, many advancements have been made for the betterment of mankind. Although animal testing and manipulation may be present for a long while, if hurting Earth’s animals can be avoided, please avoid it at all costs.