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Animal rights

the rights of animals, claimed on ethical grounds, to the same humane treatment and protection from exploitation and abuse that are accorded to humans.
Contemporary Examples

This is why some people believe that the logical conclusion of animal rights is human extinction.
The Absurdity of Vegan Ethics Justin Green January 22, 2013

Nor does she support Nicolas Sarkozy, who she believes betrayed his promises to her on animal rights.
Brigitte Bardot Pens Letter Of Support For Far-Right Front National Candidate Marine Le Pen Eric Pape February 25, 2012

Two days before that deadline, Portland animal rights attorney Geordie Duckler filed a lawsuit.
Dog Fight Over Obie, the Dieting Dachshund Winston Ross November 3, 2012

The fact that the animal rights lobby savaged his campaign opponent is pure coincidence, his supporters say.
De Blasio Whipped by Horse Lobby Josh Robin March 7, 2014

Yes, animal rights activists are trying to ban the eating of cats and dogs in Switzerland.
Will the Swiss Quit Cooking their Kittens and Puppies? Barbie Latza Nadeau November 29, 2014

While Ian Somerhalder plays a bloodthirsty vampire on TV, the real life actor and animal rights activist wouldn’t hurt a fly.
Hollywood Mourns the Death of Marius the Giraffe Amy Zimmerman February 13, 2014

But when it comes to animal rights, Gervais is dead serious.
Hollywood Mourns the Death of Marius the Giraffe Amy Zimmerman February 13, 2014

animal rights philosophers are positing a problem that might have no practical solution.
The Absurdity of Vegan Ethics Justin Green January 22, 2013

The beggars and pups program drew fire from animal rights activists who worried the foster dogs might be mistreated.
Clean Crack Pipes for All! San Francisco’s Final Social Justice Frontier Michael Daly January 30, 2014

Many Hollywood stars today care about the environment, or gay rights, or animal rights, or what have you.
Lauren Bacall Was Deeply Liberal and Deeply Anti-Communist Michael Tomasky August 12, 2014

plural noun

the rights of animals to be protected from exploitation and abuse by humans
(as modifier): the animal-rights lobby


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