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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Other Words from animal rights

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

Examples of animal rights in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Frustrated homeowners and legislators say hunting is necessary to slow the increasing population, but animal rights groups say hunting the bears is inhumane. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Litchfield County resident charged with shooting and killing bear as Connecticut population grows and number of bears entering homes breaks record," 24 Sep. 2020 Maldonado-Passage was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison after he was found guilty in a murder-for-hire plot to kill Florida animal rights activist Carole Baskin. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "Tiger King star Joe Exotic asks for Trump pardon," 9 Sep. 2020 In 2016, pressured by animal rights activists and changing public opinion, Feld retired the last of its performing elephants. Oliver Whang, National Geographic, "Ringling’s retired circus elephants to move to conservation center," 23 Sep. 2020 Kaavan’s change in fate followed years of advocacy by animal rights groups and celebrities, including Cher. Miriam Berger, Washington Post, "The ‘world’s loneliest elephant’ is finally cleared to find a new home," 5 Sep. 2020 This is just one of Phoenix's numerous efforts to support animal rights. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Joaquin Phoenix Encourages Animal Lovers to 'Change the World From Your Kitchen' by Going Vegan," 24 Aug. 2020 Forsyth predicted poaching would lose favor in south Louisiana as animal rights became more prominent and food assistance became more available. Sara Sneath | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Poachers threaten Louisiana's mostly successful whooping crane reintroduction program," 6 Sep. 2020 An elephant who has become a cause celebre for animal rights activists around the world will be allowed to leave his Pakistani zoo and transferred to better conditions, the animal welfare group helping with the case said Saturday. Bloomberg.com, "‘World’s Loneliest Elephant’ Okayed to Quit Zoo for New Life," 5 Sep. 2020 But animal rights advocates say that such journeys are often too long, regulations are not up to scratch and the rules are easily flouted. Mike Ives, New York Times, "Cattle Ship Capsizes Off Japan, Leaving Dozens of Crew Members Missing," 3 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of animal rights

1845, in the meaning defined above

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27 Oct 2020

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“Animal rights.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/animal%20rights. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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