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Can laws against animal cruelty be justified without animal rights?

In past radio shows, you've said that animals don't have rights -- even though you condemn cruelty toward animals. You've also explained why the "marginal humans" argument does not validate animal rights. If that's the case, is there any hope for a rational argument for laws against cruelty to animals? Would such laws always violate human rights? If not, are people obliged to sit on their hands while animals are deliberately tortured or starved on neighboring property?

legendre007, 25.01.2014, 02:26
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