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I believe that, just as humans have  rights, both animals and nature also have rights—including legal rights! It's arrogant for us to assert we are superior to animals / have dominion over nature. Like Frans de Waal,  I question “Are we smart enough to know how smart animals are?” All of  them deserve ethical treatment.  Wild animals also need natural habitats protected.  People should have the legal right to petition governments on behalf of ecosystems (and their plant, animal, indigenous people, mountain, ocean, etc. components.)

Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries:

objects to all activities involving pain or cruelty to animals

practices some type of vegetarianism

respects intrinsic value of animals 

objects to discrimination vs. other animals / Speciesism

summary Wikipedia article: Animal Rights  

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 2233

Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 144

Related Words, Beliefs, Background -- 34 entries                  Songs!             Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book

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More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #44B: Rights for Animals and Nature 

Anti-hunting (from online encyclopedia)
Animal Testing (from online encyclopedia)
Factory Farming (from online encyclopedia)
Ethics of Eating Meat (from online encyclopedia)
Pets Evacuation and Standards Act (from online encyclopedia)
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
The Humane Society of the United States 
The NonHuman Rights Project (group “working to achieve legal rights for animals”)
The Moral Status of Animals 
Animal Rights Issues (from Animal Liberation)
Animal Rights Concerns ("tackling animal rights issues and encouraging a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle")
Fear Factories: The Case for Compassionate Conservatism -- for Animals, by Matthew Scully 
Factory Farming / Farm Sanctuary ("the truth hurts...stop factory farming")
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal (book review by Matthew Cobb The Guardian October 6 2016)
"Animals in court -- do they have rights?" (article from The Economist Dec 22 2018)
Veganism: The Retreat from Meat  (report from The Economist October 13 2018)
"The No. 1 Cause of Climate Change the Media Don’t Mention " by Lee Camp (article about role of meat consumption July 2018)
"Growing Leather in Factories"   (report in The Economist August 26 2017 about making leather w/o killing animals)

"For Tracey Stewart, Life After The 'Daily Show' Is All About The Animals" ( Nov 03, 2015 story on NPR about the book Do Unto Animals...)

"Slaughterhouses: A Jungle No More" (report on changes promoted by Temple Grandin, in The Economist October 10 2015)

"Animal Rights Parties: Free the Gold Fish" (report about Dutch pro animal rights party from The Economist December 21 2013)
"Scholars Explore Christian Perspectives on Animal Rights" by Mark Oppenheimer (report in The New York Times Dec 6 2013)
"'Factory Farms' Aren't Farms: They Are Concentration Camps for Animals" by Jim Hightower (April 24 2013 opinion piece post on Common Dreams)
"Oklahoma Lifts Horse Slaughter Ban" (March 29 2013 report from USA Today)
"Bills Seek End to Farm Animal Abuse Videos" by Tracie Cone (Mar 17 2013 report from The Associated Press )
"Why Animal Research Must Be Banned" by Alisa Manzelli (Dec 6 2012 opinion piece on Global Animal website) 
"The Last Days of Foie Gras" by Ed Leibowitz (story re: rise of animal rights in California; The Atlantic July 2012) 
"Animal Rights: Whales are People, Too" (Feb 25 2012 article in The Economist)
When the Killing's Done by T. C. Boyle (NY Times review by Barbara Kingsolver of 2011 fiction book about rights of animals / respect for nature)
How Meat Contributes to Global Warming, by Nathan Fiala (from Feb 2009 issue of Scientific American)
The Meat--Industrial Complex, by Mark Winne (March 2006 article from In These Times)
Which Animals Feel Pain?  
Earth Voice -- Protecting All Animals: Ethics & Ecology
Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us About Humanity by G.A. Bradshaw (excerpts from 2009 book at Google Books)
The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society  by Frans de Waal (review of this 2009 book)
Animals Matter: A Biologist Explains Why We Should Treat Animals With Compassion by Marc Bekoff (more about this 2007 book)
Drawing the Line: Science and the Case for Animal Rights (review of 2002 book by Steven M. Wise)
Links to Animal Rights, Animal Welfare
Alternatives to Animal Testing (from Johns Hopkins University)
Abused No More: Rescued Fighting Dogs, by David von Drehle (in Time Magazine, December 7 2009)
Humane Farm Animal Care (non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of farm animals) 
All Animals are Equal, by Peter Singer
Do Animals Have Rights?  (another viewpoint: the objectivist / libertarian perspective)
North American Vegetarian Society
Vegetarian Organizations and Resources
Vegan Values: Is Veganism a Religion? (from Vegan Values website)
Vegetarian Friends (monthly journal from "Quakers and other people of faith in the practice of love for animals and a vegetarian diet")
What Animals Want: Expertise and Advocacy in Laboratory Animal Welfare Policy, By L.Carbone
Eco-Terrorism--The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (Re: USA law passed in Nov 2006) 
quotes from animal rights activists

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from Coming of Age in the Global Village,  by Stephen P. Cook,  with Donella H. Meadows.