If you thought, only humans have rights, you are in for a surprise. Now even creatures like spiders, squids and lobsters have rights to be free and happy. Dogs, Cats and Horses already enjoy this privilege. If they had managed to speak, they could have asked for food and water and there would be no way, we could have denied them that. With the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs investigating if invertebrates that comprise insects, spiders and mollusks feel pain, it would be a hard time in future for the non-vegetarians and the people who derive sadistic pleasure by crushing these slimy things.
Animal campaigners have pressurized the government to consider this proposal on the basis of their argument that even these creatures feel pain. This comes in the aftermath of the Animal Welfare Act in April, by virtue of which people would be held liable for the basic welfare of animals in their care. Any violation of this law would carry fines of up to £20,000. In recent times, animal welfare activists have lobbied to ensure that the animal community also deserves compassion and proper treatment. They believe that they share the same feelings as we humans do. It is, therefore, mandatory to introduce laws to provide them the respect that we as humans receive. The next time you see a spider crawling up your table and you are itching to squash it, think again! You could be in for some trouble.