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Ethical debates on relationships of humans and other animals have a long history, extending back to Pythagoras in 570 BC. Animal rights philosophy, asserts that non-human animals are not ours to use for food, clothing, entertainment, or experimental objects, but rather they have their own inherent value, recognizing the sentience of other forms of life, and rejects the view of animals as property and their instrumental use. Animals have rights to not be exploited and subjected to suffering. Examination of relationships with other animals must be taken seriously in deciding upon collective actions to meet human needs. Education in social work and other social welfare related fields should address structural issues concerning systemic oppression of nonhuman animals by recognizing them as sentient beings with inherent value and rights. Finally, ignoring the well-being of other animals and their rights not to be mistreated reinforces the grounds for human violence.

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