Do Animals Have Rights?


Suverans2's picture

Oh, groan! Someone should 'splain to A. Barton Hinkle what "a right" is. It is "a just claim".

    The idea of rights naturally suggest the correlative one of wrongs; for every right is capable of being violated. ... And, therefore, while, in a general point of view, the law is intended for the establishment and maintenance of rights, we find it, on closer examination, to be dealing with rights and wrongs. It first fixes the the character and definition of rights, and then, with a view to their effectual security, proceeds to define wrongs, and devise means by which the latter shall be prevented or redressed. ~ Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition (c.1991), page 1612

So, with that understanding, A. Barton Hinkle, the question, inverted, properly becomes, is it "wrong" for animals to try to defend their life, liberty and property?

Samarami's picture

Reason, once looked upon as libertarian in content, has joined the family of governmentalist advocates of The Beltway. Follow the money. Sam