Animal Rights

Definition - What does Animal Rights mean?

Animal rights refers to the laws that protect animals from extreme cruelty or mistreatment. These rights can protect certain animals from being trapped and skinned for fur, being tested on in certain ways in the cosmetics industry, and so forth.

People or companies who are found to be operating in violation of animal rights laws can face legal consequences.

Justipedia explains Animal Rights

Animal rights laws go hand in hand with many other laws that govern how citizens can interact with or use animals. For example, endangered species protection laws, hunting season laws and illegal animal product trading laws (such as with ivory) all work together to protect animals.

Animals can be vulnerable to mistreatment because they are often highly useful in certain industries, such as with medical research. However, animal rights laws provide a basic foundation for how animals are supposed to be treated.

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