To outsiders, animal rights advocates (ARAs) may look like a strange lot. We don’t eat meat, we avoid cosmetics that have been tested on animals and we boycott performing animal acts. Drape ourselves in fur? Forget it. ARAs won’t even wear leather or wool. Many people, then, view ARAs as certifiable, grade A, top-of-the-class nutcases. Reduced to its essentials, however, what we believe is really just plain common sense.

We believe that the animals killed for food, trapped for fur, used in laboratories or trained to jump through hoops are unique ‘somebodies’ – and not generic ‘somethings’. We ...


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