What do we mean by the term Animal Rights? The cynical ask if we intend to give driver’s licenses and voting rights to animals. Our reply is simple: Granting fundamental rights to other species means we allow them to live their lives on their own terms, as nature intended. It means humansdo not own them and do not have any hardwired right to use, or dispose of, them as desired.

Those who profit from the exploitation of animals say we must “own” animals in order to protect them, and in a further twist of logic, argue their “responsible use” actually benefits the animal. Others point to the food chain, mistakenly assuming the top tiers were designed to exploit the lower ones. Still others fall on various religious arguments, failing to not only substantiate their beliefs with solid scriptural evidence, but to realize public policy cannot be based on any particular theological tenet.

It really all boils down to respect. Just as all human cultures, races, religions, genders, and ages are deserving of respect, so too are all species.

The Link -

Animal Abuse and Human Violence

Animal Liberation - The Cycle of Violence

Animals & Society Institute

Bibliography of the Links

HSUS - Animal Abuse and Human Violence

HSUS - Breaking the Cycle of Abuse

HSUS - First Strike

Juvenile Justice Bulletin


General Animal Rights Information

Abolitionist Approach


All Creatures

Animal Concerns

Animal Rights FAQ

For further study: Tom Regan

Animal Rights and Religion

Many people struggle with the accepted teachings of their faith pertaining to non-human species, while others use the Bible (and other sacred texts) to defend their mistreatment of animals. The following are some good resources to help demystify the issue.

All Creatures

Christian Vegetarian Association

Hindu American Foundation

Islamic Concern

Jewish Veg

Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians

Vegan Spirituality

Animal Rights Information