If there really is no harm—when animals are observed in their own environments, for example—we don’t object. But keeping animals isolated in barren steel cages, removed from all that is natural to them, is harmful to animals’ mental and physical health.
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.