The concept of animal rights, also known as animal liberation, is the idea that the basic interests of non-human animals, such as the interest in avoiding suffering, should be afforded the same consideration as the basic interests of human beings.
~Encyclopædia Britannica. 2007
Animal welfare refers to the viewpoint that it is morally acceptable for human beings to use animals for food, in animal research, as clothing, and in entertainment, so long as unnecessary suffering is avoided. The animal welfare position is that there are no animal interests that cannot be overridden if the consequence of doing so is sufficiently beneficial to human beings.
For more information on the difference between Animal Rights and Animal Welfare, check out my post here.
Have questions? This is a pretty good place to start. The site itself isn’t the most user-friendly, but there is good information here if you’re patient!
This is a blog written by Gary L. Francione, a vegan and animal rights advocate who supports the abolitionist approach.
Encouraging truth, transparency, and integrity in animal advocacy. The Humane Myth is an idea being propagated by the animal-using industry that it is possible to use and kill animals in a manner that can be fairly described as respectful or compassionate or humane.
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