How can animals have rights?

Human beings are animals. Therefore, if human beings have rights, then this implies that at least certain animals have rights. The question, therefore, is where we draw the demarcation line, and for what reason.


Follow up questions:

Don't only human beings have a soul?

Aren't only humans self aware?

Where do rights come from?

When we eat meat, we are not breaking any laws.

Why should we behave better towards animals than they do towards each other?

Why do we have a moral obligation to animals who do not understand moral concepts?

What is meant by the term rights?

What do we gain by respecting the rights of other animals if they do not respect our rights?



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