Animal Rights [hr] I know, I know. You?re probably conjuring up images of some crazed women splashing blood red corn syrup all over Grandma?s brand new fur coat. Bad form. I make a pledge to you, here and now, that no blood, fake or otherwise, shall be splashed around in this thread. No sir. [hr] The word animal is derived from a word meaning life. I have always been taught through both religion and education that all life should be held sacred. Compassion over cruelty. Seemingly, since the dawn of man, animals have been used to fuel the desires of the human race. Whether the subject is food or fur, man has always depended on animals to live. Now, as the hands of time bring us into a new age, a new millennium, man has learned new ways of surviving. We can make clothing from plants and synthetic sources. We have learned to grow food and keep the ground rich in nutrients. We have developed science that can find cures in a test tube. Yet, with all this, we are still mired in cruelty. Though we can choose to live without causing harm to other sentient beings, we do not make this choice. Why? The World as we know it is slowly changing. Scientists are beginning to realize that there are better and more reliable methods of gleaning critical data. Dieticians and Nutritionists are discovering the benefits of plant-based diets and the perils of tissue-based diets. More importantly, people are beginning to speak out about the way our Animals are being treated. Recently, Germany adopted animals into its Constitution, pledging to respect and protect the dignity of animals as well as humans. It is my hope that other nations will soon follow. So, my question to you is, how do you feel about the issue of Animal Rights? How do you feel about the current state of affairs in regard to the treatment of animals? Entertainment. Vivisection. Agriculture. Clothing. Pet responsibility. Anything is fair game. Please remember to adhere to the terms set out in the TOS and respect the rules of the Senate. I realize that this topic can raise some heated emotions, therefore we should take extra care to be respectful of our fellow posters.