by Jean Pearson
Based on the concept of Natural Rights as found in the language of the Declaration of Independence: the Laws of Nature as granted by Nature’s God, the Rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness:
We believe these truths are self-evident, that all creatures are endowed by the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God with certain rights, according to their natures, and that it is incumbent upon humans not to treat other creatures in ways less beneficial to them than the ways of Nature.
We perceive that Animals have the following Natural Rights:
- The Right of life
- the Right of freedom of movement (particularly necessary for dogs and related canines)
- The Right of companionship with like kind, or with those with whom there is good mutual understanding
- The Right of access to natural, appropriate food and clean water
- the Right of a home which offers protection from harm and danger
- the Right of privacy
- the Right of protection from detrimental captivity or experimentation
- the Right to affectionate concern for their wellbeing
- the Right to be treated with kindness
- the Right of continuity
Center for Understanding Nature and Animals
2225 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18017
Mary Finelli says
Birds have the fundamental right to “live with dignity” and fly in the sky without being kept in cages or subjected to cruelty, Delhi High Court has said while holding that running their trade was a “violation of their rights”.
Justice Manmohan Singh expressed anguish that instead of being allowed to fly free, they were “exported illegally to foreign countries without availability of proper food, water or medical aid”.
The Economic Times, May 17, 2015
Janet Schultz says
Last year, in Oregon animals were given rights acknowledging their suffering. Debates are occurring “analyzing” the consciousness of their own pain, levels of torture and satisfaction in the abatement of pain.
Merritt Clifton says
This misrepresents both the original Oregon Supreme Court ruling and the present status of that ruling. For the particulars, please see http://www.animals24-7.org/2015/04/01/oregon-supreme-court-vacates-own-ruling-that-animals-may-be-considered-crime-victims/.