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 How to pronounce animal rightist (audio) \ noun

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The animal rights people, PETA, backstretch workers and labor and everyone else in the industry. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: So far, Del Mar survives summer under horse-racing microscope," 2 Sep. 2019 Fired from her firm, a young Boston lawyer heads to Washington, D.C., to fight for animal rights. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 The animal rights organization that helped craft the ban is headquartered in Sherman Oaks, the fur industry’s national lobby across the San Fernando Valley in Porter Ranch. Glendale News-Press, "As California considers a fur ban, many in L.A. cling to their minks," 29 Aug. 2019 But Castro's new, detailed proposals may be another indicator of the purchase that far-reaching defenses of animal rights have with voters. Reis Thebault,, "Julián Castro introduces animal welfare plan," 27 Aug. 2019 The Iditarod is facing pressure by animal rights groups, who say the race is cruel to dogs. Mark Thiessen, Anchorage Daily News, "Musher denied entry to 2020 Iditarod disputes race officials’ concerns over his dog care," 24 Aug. 2019 Connecticut Bloomfield: An animal rights organization is putting up advertisements in Connecticut to remember a calf that was slaughtered in public. USA TODAY, "Rocket’s last blast, Alaska drought, million-dollar ham: News from around our 50 states," 23 Aug. 2019 Marco Tamietto was aware that animal rights activists might target him after his team won ethical approval for an experiment in monkeys on blindness. Alison Abbott, Science | AAAS, "Italian blindness researchers planning monkey studies threatened after health ministry releases names," 21 Aug. 2019 Mather said he's never been an animal rights activist. Lee Rood, USA TODAY, "Man asked about cruelty to a pig at the Iowa State Fair. He was ejected for life," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of animal rights

1845, in the meaning defined above

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