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The '''animal rights''' movement (sometimes called the animal liberation movement) is a [[liberal]] philosophical movement which seeks to obtain a greater level of moral rights for [[animal]]s; for some activists this extends to protecting animals from unnecessary pain and suffering, whereas more extreme adherents demand that animals be given the same rights that [[human]]s have.
Most animal rights activists oppose the practice of using animals as [[commodity|commodities]] or [[property]].<ref name="about.com">[http://animalrights.about.com/od/animalrights101/a/ARtenets.htm The Basic Tenets of the Animal Rights Movement]</ref> Typically, animal rights activists oppose [[hunting]], [[animal testing]], wearing [[fur]], and the consumption of [[meat]].  Many practice a [[vegetarian]] or vegan diet.  Some activists (especially those who identify themselves as animal liberationists) even disagree with the practice of owning [[pet]]s and seeing-eye dogs.<ref name="acmain">[http://www.activistcash.com/organization_overview.cfm/oid/21 ActivistCash.com]</ref>
Detractors from the animal rights movement argue that since animals do not have the capacity to make [[morality|moral]] decisions they can not be given the same rights as humans.<ref name="about.com" /> Some opponents even argue that the goals of the movement are not animal liberation, but placing restrictions on the lives of other people.<ref>[[Center for Consumer Freedom]], [http://www.consumerfreedom.com/issuepage.cfm/topic/8 ''Animal Rights'']</ref> It should be noted that many prominent animal rights proponents, including [[Peter Singer]], do not propose that animals have the capacity to make moral decisions. Rather, they argue that because humans have the capacity to make moral decisions, it is up to humans to make the moral decision about whether or not we treat animals in an acceptable manner.<ref>Peter Singer, Animal Liberation, 2009</ref>
[[David Gelernter]] argues:
{{cquote|The moral universe of Judaism and Christianity centers unequivocally on man. Human beings have rights and moral duties—kindness to animals being one. Animals have neither. The duty of kindness to animals is a duty owed not to nature but to God, a morally crucial distinction.<ref>http://www.city-journal.org/html/6_4_the_immorality.html</ref>}}
The [[creationist]] advocacy group [[Answers in Genesis]] has suggested that the real aim of the animal rights is to justify [[abortion]] by using [[moral equivalence]] as its argument - if [[human beings]] are no better than animals, and if we can kill animals when we want (as for food or clothing), why can't we kill unborn humans? <ref>[http://www.answersingenesis.org/docs2004/0830letter.asp]</ref>
==See also==
*[[Humane Society of the United States]]
*[[Atheism and bestiality]]
*[[Evolutionary belief and bestiality]]
*[[Liberalism and bestiality]]
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[[Category:Political Movements]]

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