Ah, but if animals did have the rights humans did, we wouldn't be allowed to kill bugs, or own pets, no meat, milk or eggs either.
I can hardly even stand the smell of vegetables and almost vomit when I try to eat them. I can't handle fruits either, as much as I like their taste, the texture is horrible, which also leads me to nearly vomiting.
It's also worth mentioning, as much as I like animals, we are superior in many different ways, and yes, I am aware that we cause pollution and other other things, but even nuclear waste fades with time. We are smarter, we feel more emotions, we no longer have our primal urges that force us to act on instinct.
(I'm not saying that animals don't feel emotion, just that their emotions are not quite as advanced as ours and some emotions are left out of specific species entirely.)
The difference is that you say people are animals, other's don't. Scientifically the way animal is defined, people are animals. Legally, there is a distinction because of the definitions used. Morally, Philosophically... it's all based on how you define human and animal...
Agreed! Animal testing doesn't make sense. We test on another species to benefit us? How about we test our own species with willing participants to benefit us. It makes no sense to test an unwilling subject from a different species, especially when there species doesn't benefit.