Chapter

Animal Rights

Donna Yarri

in The Ethics of Animal Experimentation

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195181791
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835744 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195181794.003.0005

Series: AAR Academy Series

 Animal Rights

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This chapter argues that on the basis of the reality of animal minds and animal sentience that animal rights exist and should be protected. Just as humans are granted rights, even marginal humans, so too should animals. Not only should animals have moral rights, but legal rights as well. The rights which should exist in animal experimentation are as follows: freedom from unnecessary pain and suffering, not to have liberty so restricted, not to have their lives unnecessarily shortened, to engage in species-specific behavior, and to be treated with respect as individuals.

Keywords: animal minds; animal sentience; animal rights; rights; marginal humans; moral rights; legal rights

Chapter.  11372 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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