The “Why?” of Animal Rights
By Joseph Cook, Grade 10

The animal rights movement is one that has grown stronger in recent years. Celebrities, politicians, and workers alike have grouped together to support this cause.  PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is one of the groups, which is at the forefront of the animal rights movement.  They are the model of today’s animal rights movement.

PETA has taken it upon themselves to claim that “animals our not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, abuse, or exploit.” My question for the reader is “why?” Why is doing those things wrong?

Personal opinion has its downfall—you cannot, and should not judge others based on it.
For example, a jury may have to decide whether or not someone is guilty of a crime based on the evidence. A member of the jury cannot call the citizen guilty, simply because he thinks the person on trial “is dressed like a criminal”.  When on a jury, personal opinion must not change the due course of law.  In the same way, personal opinion in everyday life must come to grips with the fact that there is an ultimate authority—a deity or being that ultimately decides what is right and wrong.  Otherwise, there is no way for humans to decide what is right and wrong.
In Matthew 28:18, Jesus says “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”.  God’s word is the ultimate authority—it is what defines right and wrong.

PETA seeks to abolish the eating of meat. God, however, states that animals may be eaten in Genesis 9:3. PETA states that animals our not ours to wear as clothing.  In Genesis 3:21, God makes Adam and Eve clothes of animal skin, and tells them to wear it.

After reading this, one must decide: Is PETA or God the ultimate authority?

Animal cruelty will not take place, if we truly understand and obey God’s command to be “caretakers” of the earth.  Controlling the numbers of animals so disease and sickness don’t kill them off; controlling them in a manner in which they are not harmful to humans, and protecting them from over-killing, and abuse are all essential to obeying our Biblical commands.  But eating meat, wearing animal fur (or skin) and using animals in general is part of our privilege as humans on this earth. God put animals here to be beneficial to mankind. But he also instructed man to be considerate of animals. Proverbs 12:10 says “The righteous man regardeth the life of his beast [animal] but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel”.

PETA has the noble goal of preventing animal abuse—but they also mistakenly attempt to abolish privileges, which God has given us (the eating of meat, the ability to wear fur, and the domestication of animals.) under the guise of preventing abuse.

The difference between animal rights, and human rights—is that humans were made in the image of God. Genesis 5:1 says “...He made them in the image of God.”  The founders of our nation understood this when they stated that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  Many of our founding fathers were firm believers in the Scriptures, and they understood that man was made in the image of God, and is endowed with rights.  It isn’t fit for man to serve animals—but to treat them as God says.  “Animal rights” is a movement which places emphasis on treating animals equally--something which is not scriptural.

In conclusion, when examining today’s issues, we must always keep the solid truth of Scripture in mind, and expose those who teach half-truths. Alfred Lord Tennyson once wrote “That a lie which is half a truth is ever the blackest of lies, that a lie which is all a lie may be met and fought with outright, but a lie which is part a truth is a harder matter to fight.”

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"Frequently Asked Questions." PETA. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2011. <http://www.peta.org/about/faq/>.
"Varied passages." BibleGateway.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2011. <http://www.biblegateway.com>.
"Bib Me." Bib Me. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2011. <http://www.bibme.org/>       

How to Have the Best Sweet 16
By Maggie Poling, Grade 9

It may seem silly to the guys out there (or maybe not!), but your Sweet Sixteen is a very special day, and it only happens once. My sixteenth birthday is quickly approaching, and on November 16, it will have officially arrived. Although it may be superficial, we want this day to be amazing, and we want it to go exactly as planned. Unfortunately, “exactly as planned” never seems to happen, but the important thing is that we have fun anyway. No matter what, it’s still your big day.

To help you out, I wanted to put together a few tips for things to do to prepare for your Sweet Sixteen. It’s important you don’t try too hard, because as your expectations are lifted, so are the chances that you will get upset, and be less satisfied. That’s why it’s beneficial to prepare, but not to take anything too seriously.

To begin, there’s one thing you must start off with no matter what you’re planning: you need to talk to your parents about the budget. You don’t want to plan a trip to France without your parents permission…do you? If your parents are paying, you need to discuss your plans with them and receive approval before you go too far.

If you go to traditional school, you may want to ask around and see if anyone else is having a party on the same day as your Sweet Sixteen. It’d be terribly upsetting if you planned and planned, and then no one showed up! Make sure the people you want there will be there.

Of course, choosing an outfit, selecting a theme, picking out the music, the location…it’s all up to you! Don’t choose the most popular place in town if that’s not where you want to go. Choose a place that is right up your alley, and choose music that you like! Your outfit should reflect who you are, not what’s on the runways this season! Point being, just make it you, and you are bound to have the time of your life!

I hope these couple of tips will help you in preparation for your big day. It only happens once, but that doesn’t mean it has to be perfect. What matters is that you’re with the ones you love and care about, and primarily, that you’re having fun! Nothing else matters if you’re having a good time, so make sure that is your prime goal on your Sweet Sixteen, because that’s the best party-planning decision you could make!


7/19/2011 06:52:08 am

Great article Joseph. I agree that animals were given to us to eat. Great use of scripture to back up your beliefs (the truth).


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