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Are animals, rights-holders? Are animal rights the same or similar to humans rights? Historically, many of the world’s mythical, religious, and cultural traditions regarded animals as divine creatures with an equal or higher moral status to that of humans. For example, the Hindu religion expresses a deep obligation to honour and respect the existence of the “cow” or “cattle,” given their sacred status in the religion. Yet, despite these traditionally symbolic representations of animals as moral creatures, throughout human history people have and continue to perceive non-human animals as subjects to be dominated, owned, or consumed.

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