legal person. The animal rights movement strives to upgrade the legal status of animals from property to that of ‘legal persons’ for limited legal purposes. This will ensure that animals are recognised as legal entities having distinct identity, legal personality, and rights. Furthermore, it will be possible to pursue legal action in order to defend these rights. The laws surrounding personhood are a social justice issue which have previously been debated during the abolition of slavery and the fight for women’s rights.
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