Do Non-Human Animals have Rights?

Posted on March 21, 2011 by


Do animals have rights? Rights are exercised and enjoyed by the members of the world. Rights are enjoined upon to fulfill their social duties or responsibilities but animals have no such responsibilities. Animal rights are referred to animal freedom today.

The basic argument of those who support the cause of animal rights is that the most basic interests of non-human animals should be given the same consideration as the similar interests of human beings. There are different views to the issue. However, the general opinion is that animals should be viewed as non-human persons, but is this a fair debate? They have minds, the ability to think, to carry out actions just the same as a human being does so is the general opinion on animal rights correct?

The general view is that animals should be considered as the members of the moral community. The proponents of this view hold that animals should not be used as food and they should not be used for research subjects, clothing and entertainment etc. Animals should be treated in a kind way from humans. They are not someone’s belongings because they have their own value.