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November 25, 2020 - National Review

Pushing Elephant 'Personhood'

Pushing Elephant 'Personhood'
Elephants, the push for legal personhood rightsFile Photo / © Photabulous

Animal rights must always be distinguished from animal welfare. The former is an ideology that creates moral equality between us and fauna. In this view, human beings have no more right to own animals than we do people.

Animal welfare arises out of human exceptionalism. It accepts the unique value of human beings and the moral propriety of owning animals. But it also comprehends our duty to treat animals humanely, the definition of which will depend on the capacities and characteristics of each animal, and which is always subject to improvement and change.

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