What Do You Mean by 'Animal Rights'?

Animal rights means that animals deserve consideration of what is in their best interests, whether or not they are "cute," useful to humans, or an endangered species—and regardless of whether any human cares about them at all. It means recognizing that animals are not ours to use—for food, clothing, experimentation, or entertainment.

And it's not just a philosophy-it is a social movement.

We don't want bigger cages. We want empty cages.

We're challenging society's traditional view that nonhuman animals exist solely for human use, and we need your voice to continue to make progress.
In today's world of virtually unlimited choices, we have the power to put an end to cruelty to animals by making compassionate choices about the food we eat, the things we buy, and the activities we support—and then using our voices to tell others.

Take every opportunity to speak up for animals.

When you hear a neighbor talking about attending the circus or when a close friend asks you out to dinner, use the conversation as a starting point to further the rights of animals. Remember: Only prejudice allows us to deny others the rights that we expect to have for ourselves. Whether it's based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or species, prejudice is morally unacceptable.

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