"What is the difference between ‘animal rights’ and
Animal welfare theories accept that animals have
interests but allow these interests to be traded away as long as there
are some human benefits that are thought to justify that sacrifice.
Animal rights means that animals, like humans, have
interests that cannot be sacrificed or traded away just because it might
benefit others. However, the rights position does not hold that rights
are absolute; an animal’s rights, just like those of humans, must be
limited, and rights can certainly conflict.
Animal rights means that animals are not ours to use for
food, clothing, entertainment, or experimentation. Animal welfare allows
these uses as long as "humane" guidelines are followed.
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