animal rights(redirected from Animal personhood)
Also found in: Medical, Legal.
The right to humane treatment claimed on behalf of animals, especially the right to be treated as persons or more like persons under the law.
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy)
a. the rights of animals to be protected from exploitation and abuse by humans
b. (as modifier): the animal-rights lobby.
the rights of animals, claimed on ethical grounds, to humane treatment and protection from exploitation and abuse.