No. Rights are an expression of morality and are therefore the exclusive domain of one type of being, those that are rational, volitional and sentient. That means they are (so far) exclusive to man.
Animal "rights" as they are intended (a prohibition against malicious acts committed against them by man) are not even a proper expression of what rights actually entail, namely a freedom to action and absence of compulsion. If "animal rights" were to be real rights, properly construed, then a Dog endowed with such rights could not legally be ordered to sit against its will, nor could it be chained, caged or led on a leash.
answered Sep 22 '10 at 20:16
Martin Gasser ♦
Men have moral obligations in their dealings with animals, even if those obligations are not the sort to be recognized by governments.
answered Jan 03 '11 at 19:00
Mindy Newton ♦