Lauver: Should we support animal rights or animal welfare?

By Andrew Lauver,

The words “animal rights” and “animal welfare” are commonly used when discussing companion animals and livestock, but what’s the difference — if there is one?

While consumers of animal products may feel animal rights and animal welfare are the same, there is a very distinct line between the two. Animal rights refers to the idea that all animals are entitled to the possession of their own lives and that their interests should be afforded the same consideration as human life.

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