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23rd Tirthankara, Parshwanatha revived Jainism and ahimsa in 9th century BC, which led to radical animal rights movement in South Asia.

Animal rights is the idea in which some, or all, non-human animals are entitled to the possession of their own lives and that their most basic interests—such as the need to avoid suffering—should be afforded the same consideration as similar interests of human beings.

Its advocates oppose the assignment of moral value and fundamental protections on the basis of species membership alone—an idea known since 1970 as speciesism, when the term was coined by Richard D. Ryder—arguing that it is a prejudice as irrational as any other. They maintain that animals should no longer be viewed as property or used as food, clothing, research subjects, entertainment, or beasts of burden. Multiple cultural traditions around the world—such as Animism, Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism—also espouse some forms of animal rights.

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Did you know...

  • ... that an American recipe from 1870 for macaroni pie includes meat from squirrels, birds or wild ducks?
  • ... that in South America, taboos are associated with the consumption of the meat of the six-banded armadillo?
  • ... that the Saturn Cafe serves classic American diner food without the meat and grease?
  • ... that Lady Alice Lucy toured towns giving presents of bread and meat each Christmas?
  • ... that one variety of pasticciotto pastry is filled with meat but topped with sugar?
  • ... that chaudfroid sauce can be prepared using a reduction of boiled meat carcasses and other ingredients?

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16 August 2018 – Dog meat consumption in South Korea
Animal rights groups hold protests against dog meat consumption in Seoul. (UPI)



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