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Dogs

I have 2 Siberian Huskies. They are incredibly intelligent and emotive. However, I know that they do not "reason", or feel "emotion" in the way that humans do. We, as humans,often impart reason and emotion ONTO our pets to explain the ways they act instinctively, but that does not make their behavior any less instinctive, or any more rational.

If we are to give "rights" to animals, how are they defined? The same as humans? Should a man be prosecuted for the murder of a harmless fly that was in his home? Or do we argue the fly violated the man's property rights and therefore the fly's death was moral? Should there be animal vs. human courts to decide these things? Who defends the fly?

Yes, it's a silly example, but how are these things defined? By which animals we "like"?

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