"Humans, on the other hand, do not survive by natual instincts."
When was the last time you thought about breathing? Or any of the other billions of things you've never noticed your body doing? I suppose you don't call these natural instincts? How convenient.
"None of us have an inate knowledge of how to provide for ourselves."
While in our society we do not all have to be primary producers to survive, we do need to know how to provide for ourselves. The difference is most importantly in the environment and in the structures of these societies. I doubt a solitary ant could provide for itself.
"As the only exclusively rational agents, only humans have rights."
So you've *never* done anything irrational in your life? You've never looked back on something you've done and thought "didn't think about that before I did it, did I?". You amaze me. As well as having perfect and complete control over your physical actions you have perfect and complete control over all of your mental decisions.
"Animals" aren't like us. That doesn't mean they're less important. We can do some things they can't. That doesn't mean they shouldn't be protected. [I'm not going to speak about "rights" because I dislike the term and don't feel things -- not me, not you, not the caribou -- have "rights".]
We can survive without Alaskan oil, they cannot survive without their Alaskan habitat. Perhaps with all our "ration[ality]" we can recognize that.
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