There is a lot of confusing about what animal rights means - does it mean violence toward humans, or is it part of the peace movement; does it mean the vegan police will be kicking down your door to check the content of your fridge?; does it a meatless, petless society?
I have begun this thread to help clarify what animal rights means in the 21st century. What would it mean for Ireland?
The leading contemporary exponent of animal rights philosophy is law professor Gary L. Francione who has developed his abolitionist approach to animal rights. Here he talks about what a right is: http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/...ng-of-a-right/
The Six Principles of the Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights
1. The abolitionist approach to animal rights maintains that all sentient beings, humans or nonhumans, have one right: the basic right not to be treated as the property of others.
2. Our recognition of the one basic right means that we must abolish, and not merely regulate, institutionalized animal exploitation—because it assumes that animals are the property of humans.
3. Just as we reject racism, sexism, ageism, and heterosexism, we reject speciesism. The species of a sentient being is no more reason to deny the protection of this basic right than race, sex, age, or sexual orientation is a reason to deny membership in the human moral community to other humans.
4. We recognize that we will not abolish overnight the property status of nonhumans, but we will support only those campaigns and positions that explicitly promote the abolitionist agenda. We will not support positions that call for supposedly “improved” regulation of animal exploitation. We reject any campaign that promotes sexism, racism, heterosexism or other forms of discrimination against humans.
5. We recognize that the most important step that any of us can take toward abolition is to adopt the vegan lifestyle and to educate others about veganism. Veganism is the principle of abolition applied to one’s personal life and the consumption of any meat, fowl, fish, or dairy product, or the wearing or use of animal products, is inconsistent with the abolitionist perspective.
6. We recognize the principle of nonviolence as the guiding principle of the animal rights movement. Violence is the problem; it is not any part of the solution.
If possible, I would like this thread to be filled with polite discussion rather than the usual stuff that occurs on P.ie when "animal rights" is talked about. I do understand that I am not in any position to lay down rules but I'd like to think we could have an intelligent debate about the idea of animal rights.