Just like humans, animals too do have rights. These rights allow them to enjoy the ethical treatment. They are to be treated with respect and not subjected to suffering.
The genesis of animal rights was faced with difficulties and negative critics. Many opposing on the basis that animals have no duties. Hence no worthy of having their rights.
After several arguments and theories. It was agreed that animals should have rights but remained inferior to human status. This gave birth to animal rights movements.
Animal rights ensure that they are treated with certain considerations. This frees them from the acts of humans as their superior. Humans are to respect and observe these rights regardless of their needs.
It’s important to understand that animals can suffer just like humans. Their emotions are closely related to those of humans. After all, in living things classification, we both belong to kingdom Animalia.
With that in mind, it’s your duty to take into account your actions that interfere with their needs. Just like you won’t allow anyone to step on your rights. You shouldn’t overlook those of animals.
Does Kenya have laws that protect animals?
Yes, we do.
It is well elaborated under CAP 360 and 364 of the Kenyan constitution.
CAP. 360: Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act
This act involves the personnel, means of transport, and manner at which animals are handled while being transported.
If the animal is caused suffering in any way, the involved party will be subjected to a fine/imprisonment or both.
CAP. 364: Animal Diseases
This acts regulates activities involved during animal importation and movements, infected areas, prevention of diseases’ spread, and tests on animals.
Do we need to be policed to protect animals?
I don’t think so.
We benefit a lot from animals and protecting them should come naturally. Great relationships are born from animals-human friendships.
Well, cherished animal-human friendship is a deal to die for. Animals seem to get us more than our fellow humans. A dog/cat is capable of brightening your dull day. Save lives and offer companionship.
For example, dogs have come to be known as some of the best baby sitters. They have been doing good with babies. Similar to cats, their cuddling behaviors help release stress. What about their cuteness?
Animals are just wonderful creatures that deserve all love. They are sensitive and that’s why, they can express happiness, anger, sadness, among others. Just like us.