Do Animals Have Rights?
Ethics and Behavior. 1997; 7(2): 91-102.
A right, unlike an interest, is a valid claim, or potential claim, made by a moral agent, under principles that govern both the claimant and the target of the claim. Animals cannot be the bearers of rights because the concept of rights is essentially human; it is rooted in and has force within a human moral world.
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Cohen, Carl (1986-10-02)Cohen strongly rejects the arguments that animal experimentation is wrong because it violates the rights of animals and because it imposes avoidable suffering on sentient creatures. Replying to the first argument, Cohen ...