Rethinking Human and Animal Rights in the Wake of Coronavirus

Rethinking Human and Animal Rights in the Wake of Coronavirus

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We understand that many people are fearful and anxious about the coronavirus pandemic. Seen through a different lens, though, understanding the roots of the pandemic and the range of responses to outbreaks around the world could also offer a chance to dramatically shift how we treat the most vulnerable people and animals in society. (more…)
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The Case for Human and Animal Rights

The Case for Human and Animal Rights

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In a July 2019 article in the Washington Post, Yon Soo Park and Benjamin Valentino described findings from their study in which they explored both individual attitudes and state policies regarding human and animal rights. Park and Valentino noted that support for animal rights is expanding, often in conjunction with support for human rights. As they pointed out in their article, people who support an expansive view of human rights are often more likely to support animal rights: "The abolition of slavery, decolonization, women’s suffrage, and the civil rights, disability rights, and the LGBTQ rights movements were not efforts to generate entirely new sets of rights. Rather, they sought to secure for previously marginalized and excluded groups the same rights that others were already enjoying. Animals may one day join that…
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