Comment: Do HUMANS?

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Much better question. I say "Rights Are Santa Claus."

I'll take that argument one step further with animals: for people who believe that it is immoral to cause an animal needless pain, animals do have "rights" -- but as with people, such "rights" are useless unless people CHOOSE to enforce them. For people who do NOT hold that moral conviction, animals have no "rights," but those people may still find it prudent to behave as though they do, when they live among people willing to enforce such convictions: societies which pass and enforce laws against cruelty to animals.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose