animal rights

plural noun

: rights (as to fair and humane treatment) regarded as belonging fundamentally to all animals
animal rightist noun

Examples of animal rights in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People across the world follow a vegetarian diet for any number of reasons: religion, supporting animal rights, culture or just to eat more vegetables. Maddie Ellis, Charlotte Observer, 28 May 2024 The deaths have sparked outrage among animal rights groups, who say captivity dramatically increases the chances of elephants having a host of medical issues that can lead to a premature death. Rebecca Ellis, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2024 And this year, animal rights organization PETA is getting involved. Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun, 16 May 2024 The Bureau of Land Management also offered another $10,000 on top of contributions from several animal rights groups, bringing the total to $36,000 for information that leads to justice in the killing, according to a May 3 news release. Brooke Baitinger, Sacramento Bee, 9 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for animal rights 

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of animal rights was in 1845

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“Animal rights.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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