Animal wrongs

Monday 15 January 1996

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A new wave of books against animal rights movements are appearing on the stands. Take Gary L Francione's boodk Animals, Property and the Law. He argues that laws framed for animal welfare, hardly has done anything to protect the interests of animals.

According to him, "Animal welfare...is the view that it is morally acceptable, at least under some circumstances, to kill animals or subject them to sufferings as long as precautions are taken to ensure that the animal is treated as humanly as possible." That is, in general, he questions the criminal attitude which says, there is no animal interest that cannot be overridden if its consequences are convenient and profitable to humans.

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