What are animal rights?

Animal Rights

Animal rights is the idea that some or all nonhuman animals are entitled to the possession of their own lives, and that their most basic interests – such as an interest in not suffering – should be afforded the same consideration as the similar interests of human beings. Advocates oppose the assignment of moral value and fundamental protections on the basis of species membership alone – an idea known since 1970 as speciesism, when the term was coined by Richard D. Ryder – arguing that it is a prejudice as irrational as any other. They agree for the most part that animals should no longer be viewed as property, or used as food, clothing, research subjects, or entertainment.

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Animal Rights - Public Attitudes
... Dorr, previous academic surveys of attitudes towards animal rights have tended to suffer from small sample sizes and non-representative groups ... factors appear to correlate with the attitude of individuals regarding the treatment of animals and animal rights ... been evidence to suggest that prior experience with companion animals may be a factor in people's attitudes ...
Southern Animal Rights Coalition - See Also
... Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) SPEAK Campaigns Western Animal Rights Network (WARN) Behind the Mask Animal rights movement Leaderless resistance Animal rights Animal ...
Liberation BC
... Liberation BC is a non-profit animal rights organization based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, founded in 2004 ... in May 2007 dropped four of its major events after years of cruelty accusations from local animal rights groups ... a ban on foie gras in Vancouver, as well as general animal rights outreach at various community festivals and events ...
Chinese Animal Protection Network - Projects - Animal Rights in China
... The Animal Rights in China website was launched on 22 July 2006, and is the major portal for animal rights issues in China ... Academic research on animal ethics and networking of animal rights activists are important functions of this project ... It is developing a Chinese online encyclopedia of animal protection (APpedia) ...
Heather Nicholson - Activism - Consort Beagles and Save The Hill Grove Cats
... Nicholson became involved in the animal rights movement when she was 26, after attending a demonstration at Swansea airport to protest against live animal exports ... she met her future husband, Greg Avery, another animal rights activist ... owned by Virginia Jane Steele, also known as Alexander, a wealthy supporter of the animal rights movement ...

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