animal rights

plural noun

Definition of animal rights 

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

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animal rightist \-​ˈrī-​tist \ noun

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Technology will be a big part of the answer, says Reese, an animal rights activist and research director at the Sentience Institute. Angela Chen, The Verge, "These are the technology advances that could end animal farming," 9 Nov. 2018 The designer is the daughter of Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and the late animal rights activist Linda McCartney. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Will Princess Eugenie Wear a Stella McCartney Wedding Gown Down the Aisle Today?," 12 Oct. 2018 Last year, animal rights activists tried to unfold a banner amid the crowd. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Joey Chestnut, Miki Sudo win Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest," 2 Oct. 2018 Nevertheless, the new bill reflects a significant step forward for the United States, and was considered a victory by many animal rights activists. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "California Governor Signs Bill Banning Sale of Animal-Tested Cosmetics," 29 Sep. 2018 California's history of animal rights activism also supports its current initiative. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "California Just Became the First State to Ban Beauty Products Tested on Animals," 4 Sep. 2018 And some animal rights campaigners say shoppers can avoid perpetuating animal mistreatment by only buying wool products certified cruelty-free by organizations like A Greener World. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "What Will It Take To Make Vegan Wool?," 29 June 2018 Many other large food companies, including Burger King, Subway and Kraft Heinz, have committed to using different breeds of birds and giving them more space by 2024, a date targeted by animal rights groups. Greg Trotter, chicagotribune.com, "Animal welfare group targets McDonald's in new TV ads in Chicago market," 20 June 2018 In a subsequent statement, Pugh said the tiger performance did not reflect the school's founding values or sensitivity to animal rights, and issued an apology to the school community and those that expressed concern. Paul P. Murphy, CNN, "Prom under investigation after live tiger performance," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of animal rights

1845, in the meaning defined above

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