Have A Go At The Animals Rights Quiz

Animal Rights Quiz

Have you ever seen a young kid torturing a small animal and thought, number one, there’s a future serial killer, and number two, why does that animal not have the same rights as me? There are lots of animal rights questions that need answering. So let’s look at it another way. Are there animals that experience life in a similar way to humans? If so, do they deserve the same protection and rights as humans?

When you look at it a little more deeply it’s not a simple question. With a growing number of people fighting to protect animals in this way right now. The problem is you can’t just say ok animal or human we all deserve the same rights, let’s just treat all animals as humans from now on. It’s not that easy because there’s a lot of legal stuff to consider.

Koala dressed like a human in a shirt

Let's start with the definition of a person

Philosophers have been grappling with this for millennia, but we’ll keep our definition simple. We’ll say that a human is an individual with free will and a sound mind. This definition extends to all human beings regardless of race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation. But you’ll notice this definition only focuses on mental attributes. It doesn’t mention anything about the physical attributes of humans, like having two legs and walking upright. But you can’t just say ok animals or humans, let’s all have the same rights and move forward because there’s another definition of person.

The legal personhood

This allows a person’s rights, responsibilities, and legal attributes to be given to something that is most definitely not a person. You see this all the time with corporations who are able to enter into legally binding contracts and be sued. They are considered under law, to be a person. So the law obviously works for things that are not human, why not just extend this to animals. The basis of that concept is that some animals are intelligent enough and emotional enough that they experience life similar to that of a human child. And as a result, they deserve the same protections that human children received. Like not being abused or tortured the right to life and the right to freedom, things like that.

This idea has been picking up steam in the last couple of decades. In 1992 Switzerland amended its constitution to change animals from things to beings. Ten years later in 2002, Germany did the same. Another five years in 2007 and Spain’s Balearic Islands, gave legal rights to great apes. in the USA there was a case where the director of the nonhuman Rights Project sued a university in New York over the freedom of two chimpanzees. And the case was going pretty well for him. The judge ruled that the university needed to show proof why it was holding these two chimpanzees and actually use the term habeas corpus which to that point had only been applied to human beings. Although the ruling was quickly reversed the next day. This case is still considered a watershed moment in the animal rights movement.

animal rights has its critics too

Some people say okay if we did extend these same legal protections that humans have to animals like apes or dolphins, or elephants, then how do you assess the same responsibilities that humans have, for example, if one monkey killed and ate another monkey do you charge that monkey with murder. And even if you do, and you try him, who makes up his jury. There’s a lot of prickly legal questions that will be opened up, but this does seem to be the way that the animal rights movement is moving.

So expect to be working alongside a chimp or a dolphin in the next few years. That’s my prediction. So what do you think, do animals deserve the same rights as you? Before you make that decision take the animal rights quiz and find out just how much you know about this movement.

Do the terms Animal Rights and Animal Welfare mean the same thing?
The terms are different and are not interchangeable
Animal Welfare supports humane use of animals
Animal Rights teaches that we cannot abuse animals
All of the above

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Did utilitarian ethicist, Peter Singer, modernize the Animal Rights philosophy?
Yes, his book “Animal Liberation” motivated the movement
Ingrid Newkirk organized the modern movement
Wayne Pacelle wrote the basic animal rights philosophy
Mark Twain revolutionized animal rights

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Who said: “Having hunters oversee wildlife is like having Dracula guard the blood bank.”
Ingrid Newkirk
Cleveland Armory
Wayne Pacelle
John Goodwin

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What does Animal Welfare include?
Responsible care of animals using sound husbandry practices
Breeding animals for preservation of the species
Raising animals for food
All of the above

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What does the Animal Rights philosophy support?
We have no right to interfere with an animal’s life
Animals are here for our use
Humans are superior to animals
Animals need humans to survive

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How does the animal rights movement affect you?
By playing on your sympathy to raise funds
Funds are used to lobby for restrictive legislation
Lawsuits are filed to expand the boundaries of animal law
All of the above

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Does the Animal Rights movement support changing the legal property status of animals?
Only for some animals
Yes, it is necessary in order to liberate animals
No, changing their legal status is not possible
No, animals do not need rights

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What would happen if animals had rights as legal persons?
Animals could have the legal right to not be used for food
They would not have owners since they would not be property
Animals could have a right not to be kept by humans
All of the above

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Who said: “Our opponents say that hunting is a tradition. We say traditions can change.”
W. C. Fields
Wayne Pacelle
Wayne Pacelle
Paul Shapiro

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What is the Animal Liberation Front?
Activists who advocate vandalism to liberate animals
An extreme animal rights organization
An FBI classified terrorist organization
All of the above

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