Pros and cons

 

PROS

No living being deserves to feel pain.  It has been proven that most animals can actually feel pain.  With animal welfare laws and organizations in place fewer animals will be mistreated or abused.  Which means less animals will have to endure pain.

Animal welfare laws heavily cut down on the amount of animal abuse in the world.  This benefit sequentially cuts down on domestic abuse between humans.  A page on the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ website explains, “A New Jersey study found that in 88 percent of families where there had been physical abuse of children, there were also records of animal abuse.  (“The Connection Between Domestic Violence and Animal Cruelty.”)

People who commit animal cruelty crimes and are caught will be severely punished.  Most of these people will be incarcerated and/or learn their lesson so less animals will be mistreated in the future.

CONS


Animal welfare advocates’ protests could seriously reduce the amount of medical testing done on animals.  This is because many animal testing methods do not provide a safe environment for the animals.  This, in turn, would decrease the amount of positive breakthroughs for human healthcare. 

Animal welfare enforcement and many pro-animal organizations are extremely expensive once you add up the prices of facilities, workers, equipment, and supplies.

Without animal welfare, more people would donate money to causes and organizations that help people instead of animals.  This would cut down on world hunger, improve health organizations, and many other worthy causes.