The following causes of animal-unfriendly behaviour can be found

(please e-mail us if you can mention more):

Traditions that can sometimes be traced back a long time, such as hunting and ritual slaughter.

Ideology, such as the notion that mankind can and should rule animals.

Religion, for example Mithraism. In Roman times this religion was an important rival of Christianity. Practitioners of Mithraism used to sacrifice a bull every year, and because of the rivalry between these two religions, the Christians decided to mix the imagery of the devil with that of the bull. It is possible that bull-fighting finds its origin in the ritual slaughter of bulls in the times of Mithraism. It was said that a bull's blood would purge one of one's sins, f.e. the "feast" of Farra Do Boi in Brazil.

Ignorance, be it or not on purpose.

Indifference, powerlessness and denial.

Arrogance, inability of man to accept the equal rights of other living souls.

Economic gain, sometimes pushed to extremes.

Image building, "look at me", being stronger than animals (circus, hunting and bull-fighting), or with remarkable pets, or by wearing e.g. fur coats to look 'pretty'.

The way people treat animals reflects their beliefs, values, knowledge and the importance of the animal for them, either financially, socially or morally.

Poultry tied to the back of a motorcycle

Transporting a pig rolled up in a mat


This article is part of a series on falsities and demagogy

Some arguments used in debate on the topics in the title simply are invalid.

That goes for pro and contra.

We selected a few of the most rigid arguments from different situations and placed an appropriate counterargument.

Because a more clear and honest way of reasoning helps improve the circumstances animals live in.

Mail us if you encounter other or new (counter)-arguments.

Apart from the specific issues there are the types of arguments in general.

Fallacies are deliberately or accidentally used in a debate. So be aware of the principles and the integrity of an opponent. Click here for tips on how to react to animal-unfriendly behavior of others.

Non-valid arguments (deceptive arguments) for different groups:

meat-eaters

vegetarians

10 myths about Vegans

factory farming

ignoring animal rights

advocating animal rights

experimentation with animals

circus

hunting for pleasure

seal hunt

mink farming

bullfighting