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animal rights

pl.n.
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.
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animal rights

pl n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy)
a. the rights of animals to be protected from exploitation and abuse by humans
b. (as modifier): the animal-rights lobby.
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an′imal rights′


n.pl.
the rights of animals, claimed on ethical grounds, to humane treatment and protection from exploitation and abuse.
[1975–80]
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Translations

animal rights

1. npldiritti mpl degli animali
2. adj (organization, activist) → animalista
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Eventually, the new animal-rights movement managed to reach the broader public.
It distinguished itself from the animal-rights movement by accusing it of terrorism, stressing that "great steps forward usually take years of day-to-day drudgery; thorough investigation, submitting complaints, arranging seminars, lobbying, writing articles, work in associations." (5) In this way, it associated itself with the traditional approach of Finnish civic activity, which clearly differs from the idea of contentious politics.
Speaking ahead of the launch on Wednesday, Policy Exchange Director Nicholas Boles said, 'Science vs superstition emerged out of the debate about vivisection in Oxford when one young man had the courage to take on the extreme element of the animal-rights movement.
From a philosophical perspective, he explains how the animal-rights movement has derailed Descartes' belief that animals resemble machines but people are machines with a spirit, or ghost, inside.
These dog fanciers believe that government officials in Lane County and elsewhere are increasingly driven by the animal-rights movement, which holds that breeding dogs - for showing or for selling - is irresponsible as long as so many healthy dogs are being euthanized for want of a home.
It isn't surprising that the animal-rights movement has established a political action committee to help elect political candidates who support the animal-rights agenda.
I could justify my reluctance politically, but 1 also had questions about the way the anti-fur crusade represented women; I wasn't a "dumb animal" to be manipulated by either the fashion industry or the animal-rights movement. My decision turned, eventually, on two matters of low principle: the coat made me look like Pooh Bear and I feared sanguinary spray-paint on a valuable borrowed garment.
Perhaps a wee mite overconfident due to their previous unrivaled supremacy atop the Politically Correct League, the animal-rights movement's grizzled veterans seemed stunned when challenged by upstart rookies filling the roster of the plucky AIDS activists.
The anti-abortion movement and the animal-rights movement use words and phrases like "respecting life" and "compassion." Both compare the mass slaughter of animals and the mass execution of unborn children to the Holocaust.
A systematic yet accessible assault on the animal-rights movement has not yet been published.