Assistant Professor at Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, India
Research Scholar at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
Throughout human history, animals have been companions, sources of food and labor, and subject to human control. However, in recent times, there has been a growing debate about whether non-human animals should be accorded legal rights. The implications of this potential shift in our relationship with animals could be far-reaching and require a thoughtful analysis of the interests of all living beings. This paper addresses the issue of animal rights and their importance. It begins with an overview of the historical relationship between humans and animals, highlighting the various roles animals have played in human society. The paper then examines the concept of animal rights, exploring the ethical and legal arguments in favor of granting legal rights to non-human animals. The paper further analyses the views of both supporters and opponents of the animal rights concept. Supporters argue that animals have intrinsic value and are entitled to protection from harm and exploitation. Opponents argue that animals lack the cognitive ability to understand and exercise rights, and that granting them legal rights could have unintended negative consequences. Finally, the paper concludes by emphasizing the need for a balanced approach to animal rights that considers the interests of both humans and animals. It calls for increased awareness and education on animal welfare issues and for the development of legal frameworks that protect the rights of animals while also recognizing the legitimate interests of humans. Overall, this paper offers a thoughtful analysis of the issue of animal rights, exploring its historical context, ethical and legal arguments, and the views of supporters and opponents. It underscores the importance of finding a balanced approach that acknowledges the interests of all living beings..
International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 2, Page 2868 - 2874DOI: https://doij.org/10.10000/IJLMH.114702
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