Rights or welfare for animals?


In December of 2017, my commentary centered around the difference between animal rights and animal welfare and a particular group whose work is to “secure legally recognized fundamental rights for nonhuman animals through litigation, advocacy, and education.”

The Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), founded in 1996 by attorney Steven M. Wise, works to change the legal status “of at least some nonhuman animals from mere ‘things’, which lack the capacity to possess any legal right, to ‘persons’, who possess such fundamental rights as bodily integrity and bodily liberty and those other legal rights to which evolving standards of morality, scientific discovery, and human experience entitle them.”

This group considers that their clients (referred to by NhRP as plaintiffs) have many of the same rights as humans.