A Libertarian Replies to Tibor Machan's 'Why Animal Rights Don't Exist'Submitted by davyC on Sun, 06/30/2013 - 11:53
A Libertarian Replies to Tibor Machan's 'Why Animal Rights Don't Exist'
by David Graham
I find it strange that so many of my fellow libertarians and anarchists oppose and ridicule animal rights with such passion. For one thing, an animal right is perfectly libertarian in that it is a negative right. Unlike incoherent positive rights, such as the 'right' to education or health care, the animal right is, at bottom, a right to be left alone. It does not call for government to tax us in order to provide animals with food, shelter, and veterinary care. It only requires us to stop killing them and making them suffer. I can think of no other issue where the libertarian is arguing for a positive right--his right to make animals submit to any use he sees--and the other side is arguing for a negative right!
BTW this article was found important enough to also be posted at the mises institute blog.