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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 Jainism, Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Animism also espouse some forms of animal rights.

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22 November 2018 – Dog meat
South Korea shuts down the country's largest dog meat slaughterhouse. The move is lauded by animal rights activists. (CNN)

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