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plural noun

the rights of animals, claimed on ethical grounds, to the same humane treatment and protection from exploitation and abuse that are accorded to humans.

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Origin of animal rights

First recorded in 1975–80
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British Dictionary definitions for animal rights

animal rights

pl n

  1. the rights of animals to be protected from exploitation and abuse by humans
  2. (as modifier)the animal-rights lobby
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