animal rights

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

Origin of animal rights

First recorded in 1975–80
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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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