Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. The rights to humane treatment claimed on behalf of animals, especially the right not to be exploited for human purposes.

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  • n. The concept that animals are entitled to certain fundamental rights such as the right to be spared undue suffering.

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Examples

  • Knowing this, I can’t summarily dismiss those possessed of similar certainty today-the antiabortion activist who pickets my town hall meeting, or the animal rights activist who raids a laboratory-no matter how deeply I disagree with their views.

    The Audacity of Hope

  • Cohn suggested further that LaRussa’s famous sensitivity—he’s an animal rights activist—may have a gap in it when it comes to one of the lowliest and most miserable of all God’s creatures.

    Baseball’s Even Greater Insults

  • Engrossed, I watched as a group known as the Ark Trust Fund presented the Genesis Awards to members of the media for their roles in bringing animal rights issues to light.

    Make Your Life Prime Time

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