What is meant by animal rights?

Many people believe that all living things should be treated with respect. They believe that animals have a right to be protected from ill-treatment and exploitation in the same way that humans expect to have these rights.

Most people believe that humans are capable of more than other animals, eg they can make decisions about what is right and wrong and they may have religious beliefs. This may mean that animals are not equal to humans, but also that they should be looked after carefully and protected as part of the natural world.