Sunday’s Of Interest: Animal Welfare v. Animal Rights

November 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

Berenleider / Animal trainer with performing bear

… animal rights sounds like they’re about to get the right to vote.         -Ellen DeGeneres

If Ellen, a vegan herself, isn’t familiar with the differing definitions of animal welfare and animals rights chances are a good portion of people out there aren’t familiar either. Here’s what you might have missed.

Animal Welfare: a human responsibility that encompasses all aspects of animal well-being, including proper housing, management, disease prevention and treatment, responsible care, humane handling, and, when necessary, humane euthansia.

Animal Rights: a philosophical view that animals have rights similar or the same as humans. True animal rights proponents believe that humans do not have the right to use animals at all. Animal rights proponents wish to ban all use of animals by humans.

If you get into an argument with a radical vegan and you mistakenly use one term when you meant the other a fair share of them will bite your head off.

Can vegans be concerned about welfare and not rights? Is this hypocritical?

Let me know your thoughts.

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Sunday’s Of Interest: In The News

October 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Letter from Acting Secretary of State Robert Bacon to U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Whitelaw Reid (page 3 of 8)

The UN urges a global move towards veganism for the environment. (Guardian)

VegNews uses non-vegan photos for its recipes. What the…?! *removing from blogroll* (New York Times)

Sales of milk alternatives have risen 13% in the last year. (Wall Street Journal)

There are up to 20 chemicals in a glass of milk. (The Daily Mail)

Happy brunching! 

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