animal rights

plural noun

Definition of animal rights

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

Other Words from animal rights

animal rightist \ -​ˈrī-​tist How to pronounce animal rights (audio) \ noun

Examples of animal rights in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Greek court said there should be ways to meet the demands of animal rights advocates and the needs of Jews and Muslims who follow the laws about food in their traditions. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, 27 Oct. 2021 And in 2015, a New York appeals court refused to heard an animal rights group's request for legal personhood for chimpanzees. CBS News, 26 Oct. 2021 For many animal rights advocates, California’s animal cruelty laws do not go far enough, shielding wildland arsonists from legal consequences for effectively causing injury or death to animals. Andres Picon, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Oct. 2021 His recent campaign was sued by animal rights advocates for traveling with a live grizzly bear as a mascot. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 July 2021 When Tiger King’s first series highlighted rampant speculation that animal rights activist Baskin murdered her husband, many viewers—including OJ Simpson—considered the case open and shut. Amelia Tait, Wired, 17 Nov. 2021 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals knows about this place, and, with the grudging consent of the new owner, the animal rights organization sends a team of field workers to visit from time to time. Gene Weingarten, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2021 Exotic was sentenced in January 2020 to 22 years in federal prison after being convicted of trying to hire two different men to kill animal rights activist Carole Baskin. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 5 Nov. 2021 Maldonado-Passage was found guilty of twice hiring people to kill Carole Baskin, an animal rights activist and critic of his exotic animal park in Oklahoma who had successfully sued the business. NBC News, 4 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of animal rights

1845, in the meaning defined above

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3 Dec 2021

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“Animal rights.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/animal%20rights. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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