What if they say they are all for Animal Welfare, does this get a similar reaction, or do you just wonder what they are talking about?
While the them Animal Rights was originally synonymous with a caring and responsible husbandry of animals, in recent years this definition has changed. Most organizations involved in promoting responsibile husbandry of animals now represent themselves as Animal Welfare, whereas the more aggressive/radical groups, such as GreenPeace, PETA, HSUS to name but a few, continue to represent themselves as Animal Rights.
Originally Posted by Marci's Menagerie
Generalized Summary of each category as presented Here :
Originally Posted by PETA
Originally Posted by AVMATaken from the American Association of Veterinary Medicine Animal welfare is a human responsibility that encompasses all aspects of animal well being, including proper housing, management, nutrition, disease prevention and treatment, responsible care, humane handling, and, when necessary, humane euthanasia.
<>Animal rights is a philosophical view and personal value characterized by statements by various animal rights groups. Animal welfare and animal rights are not synonymous terms. The AVMA wholeheartedly endorses and adopts promotion of animal welfare as official policy; however, the AVMA cannot endorse the philosophical views and personal values of animal rights advocates when they are incompatible with the responsible use of animals for human purposes, such as companionship, food, fiber, and research conducted for the benefit of both humans and animals.
A quick google search on the phrase 'animal rights vs animal welfare' turns up a significant amount of results, from both sides of the fence. But most make the difference between AR and AW clear.
Anytime I hear someone say that they are AR, I cringe and if I feel brave enough, ask them what they mean by AR.
Do you think that there's really such a difference between AR and AW?