Why should animals have rights? That is something I never understood. They are animals. They don't think the same as we do, they don't have laws or morals. It seems like a strange and bizarre concept to me, this whole 'animal rights' movement. Besides, we live in a world where there are a lot of humans who have no rights, in third world countries. You really believe the entire world will agree to 'free the animals' when they haven't yet agreed to free all humans? Lol.
Why should anyone have rights? Most humans don’t think the same way “we” do, most humans don’t have the same morals or laws as “we” do. You do realise that this exact same argument has been used to justify the exact same atrocities that you’re claiming to care about, right? Literally, almost word for word, this is the same basis on which people have justified oppressing and exploiting other humans for centuries. “Why should we care? They’re not like us.”
There is always a reason not to care, there will always be other issues to be concerned with. But compassion and care aren’t some limited resource that we have to dole out in meagre portions, there isn’t a limited supply of rights and if we give them out to animals we won’t have any left for humans… You can care about more than one issue at a time, I do, and so does every other vegan I know. And once again, you’re telling me to care about people in third world countries, while again using precisely the same argument people use to not care about those same issues. “People are suffering here, we should sort that our first before we go helping other countries- they’re not like us.”
Can we not just do everything in our power to make the world a better place? Why do we have to have some hierarchy of whose life matters and whose doesn’t based on arbitrary categories like sexual orientation, gender, race, class, species? Who gets to decide who gets rights and who doesn’t, and on what basis is that discrimination acceptable? You’re condemning people for not agreeing to free all humans, but you’re following the exact same logic they are, because you believe, as they do, that some lives matter more than others, and that is the exact same line of thinking we should all be fighting against.