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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While still acting, Anderson is also a passionate and outspoken advocate for animal rights and has campaigned extensively for an improvement in their treatment internationally. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Pamela Anderson arrives at World Cup to support boyfriend Adil Rami," 10 July 2018 Most of the people currently supporting the cellular agriculture movement are animal rights advocates. Joi Ito, WIRED, "Fake Meat, Served Six Ways," 2 July 2018 In April, dozens of animal rights activists gathered at a slaughterhouse in Yvelines to disrupt operations, and five were later detained by police . Rebecca Tan,, "France’s butchers fear the wrath of ‘militant vegans’," 28 June 2018 Organizers have blamed animal rights activists for pressuring sponsors. Washington Post, "Longtime sponsor of Iditarod cuts ties with Alaska race," 27 June 2018 Here, animal rights activists and ecologists have been squaring off for the last decade over a practice known at trap, neuter, and return, in which feral cats are captured, sterilized and vaccinated, then allowed to roam free. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Australian Feral Cats Eat More Than a Million Reptiles Per Day," 26 June 2018 My son has actually become quite an animal rights activist and is very vegetarian. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "Natalie Portman’s Food Philosophies Mostly Involve Vegan Ice Cream," 22 June 2018 But the humane society and several other animal rights groups are frustrated. Greg Trotter,, "Animal welfare group targets McDonald's in new TV ads in Chicago market," 20 June 2018 The measure met opposition from several animal rights activist groups including the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters and the Friends of Animals. Ruth Bruno,, "Bear Enters Torrington Home, Then Is Euthanized," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of animal rights

1845, in the meaning defined above

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