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The media’s approach to animal rights

IBRAHIM ALTAY: ‘Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Journalists should share this sentiment, as well… When reporting on stories regarding animal cruelty and animal rights violations, journalists must take every ethical consideration seriously and lead the debates on the issue to establish productive avenues toward reform while staying current with the issue rather than simply fanning the flames of ignorance or overlooking the problem… Simply focusing on the event or drawing attention to the details that will increase the outcry of the public is the wrong way to go, yet this has been the preferred option of the mainstream media for far too long. Rather than simply reporting on the news, journalists must introduce or further the debate on animal rights by scrutinizing new regulations as they emerge; addressing their effectiveness or inadequacies. Journalists can also look at the loopholes, draw examples from recent events and make comparisons by studying similar regulations abroad’. SOURCE…

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