(Intro) Do you believe animals and humans are the same. “A Change of Heart About Animals” by Jeremy Rifkin, describes how the lives of animals are all for the benefit of the human race and how animals deserve more respect. Many concerned and caring people believe that animals should be treated with love and respect. The reality of this is that Rifkin doesn’t understand that life without using animals as a benefit is highly unlikely and would just complicate the already complex world we live in today.
To some point I can agree with Rifkin, but highly disagree with him when it comes to how animals are only used for benefiting humans. (Paragraph 5) I do agree with Rifkin that animals deserve more respect. Animals have been proven to be more like humans than we think. In the article Rifkin uses Koko, a 300-pound gorilla as an example stating “…Koko who was taught sign language and has mastered more than 1,000 signs and understands several thousand English words and on human IQ tests, she scores between 70 and 95” .
According to http// the average score of an IQ test is 100, therefore Koko is just barely below the average human.
Rifkin also uses a story about an elephant that doesn’t leave its dead kin for days, and occasionally touches the kin’s body with its trunk. Rifkin gives examples that both prove how animals can show emotions and the intelligence similar of that to humans, which should alter the way humans treat animals. (paragraph 1) Unfortunately Rifkin seems to only believe that animals are just for the benefit of humans. I agree to an extent, but mostly disagree. Rifkin begins to question what humans can do to prevent killing and promoting inhumane acts upon human’s fellow creatures.
Rifkin backs up his argument by using strong words like “millions of domestic animals raised under the most inhumane conditions and destined for slaughter and human consumption”. (Paragraph 2) Jeremy Rifkin also argues that science has shown that the differences between animals and humans are less than we think and that we should extend more “empathy” to animals. I disagree. In nature, animals naturally kill and eat each other. If the hawk does not care about the feelings of the rabbit that it eats, why should humans be any different? Is Rifkin saying that nature is wrong?
Rifkin goes so far as to say that pigs need social contact and should be provided with toys. There are many real human children in the world who do not have these things. Are animals more important than human children? Should our society spend scarce resources on toys for pigs? Anyone who has owned a pet knows that animals can feel pain, happiness, anger, and other simple emotions. Rifkin is simply an animal rights activist hiding behind a handful of scientific studies. He wants to ignore human suffering and focus on animal discomfort. He wants animals to have more rights than humans.
Cite this “A Change of Heart About Animals” by Jeremy Rifkin
“A Change of Heart About Animals” by Jeremy Rifkin. (2016, Jul 02). Retrieved from https://graduateway.com/a-change-of-heart-about-animals-by-jeremy-rifkin/