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Truxal Library Special Topic Guide: Animal Rights

This libguide explores the topic of rights of animals: to live free from use in medical research, hunting, and other services to humans.
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What are Animal Rights?

Animal rights is the idea that animals should have rights to the possession of their own existence and that their most basic interests—such as the need to avoid suffering and that animals should be given similar considerations of human beings. For background information, see articles about animal rights from these reference resources:

Websites of Interest

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. To learn more about ASPCA visit their link at "We Are Their Voice".

Animal welfare act


Animal Welfare Act - An Act..."signed into law in 1966. It is the only Federal law in the United States that regulates the treatment of animals in research, exhibition, transport, and by dealers." Overview and directory regarding the act from the National Agriculture Library



People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an American animal rights organization based in the Commonwealth of Virginia. PETA's slogan is "Animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way." To learn more about PETA visit What PETA really stands for.

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