How We Should Treat Animals

The big question that was addressed in this lecture was how humans should treat animals. This led up to questioning whether animals were similar to humans and if that should have any effect  on how we interact with them. It is obvious that we do have some relation to animals through genetics due to evolution. This has allowed scientists to experiment on animals in attempt of curing diseases and things of that nature. The problem with this is how the animals are being treated not only in labs but at public places such as the zoo. These animals are kept in captivity and at times isolated from others which can lead to negative effects on them both physically and mentally. We are depriving them of the conditions and supplies needed for a satisfying and flourishing life. We find this difficult to do because we do not fully understand what animals see as a comfortable life and many cannot come to terms as to how to respect animals.

I believe that animals should be treated as humans should be treated because we are similar, both biologically and at time psychologically. I think the reason many decided to treat animals inhumanely is because they see themselves at the top of the food chain. Even though this is true, I think that the most important thing to think about when dealing with animals is the fact that they were here before humans. In our society, we are encouraged to respect our elders and to never disrespect them because they know better. I think we should see things through this point of view rather than seeing them as things inferior to us.

This all relates to biology because it is dealing with the biological needs that these animals need and are receiving at facilities such as laboratories and zoos. This lecture makes the audience think about the relationship that they have with animals both socially and biologically. Our genome is nearly the same as animals and there aren’t very different compared to us. Despite sharing the same environment, animals have managed to harmoniously coexist with the environment unlike us.

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