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"The animals you say were ‘sent’ For man’s free use and nutriment. Pray, then, inform me, and be candid Why came they aeons before Man did, To spend long centuries on earth Awaiting their devourer’s birth? Those ill-timed chattels, sent from heaven, Were, sure, the maddest gift e’er given – ‘sent’ for man’s use (can man believe it?) when there was no man to receive it!" Henry S. Salt 1851 – 1939

Welcome to the Animal Rights Frequently Asked Questions text. This list of 96 FAQ is intended to satisfy two basic goals:

a) to provide a source of information and encouragement for people exploring the issues involved in the animal rights movement, and

b) to answer the common questions and justifications offered up by AR opponents.

The questions have been divided into categories to simpifly things for you.
 

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GENERALfiles/FAQ%20GENERAL.doc

ANIMALS AND MORALITY  files/FAQ%20ANIMALS%20AND%20MORALITY.doc

PRACTICAL ISSUESfiles/FAQ%20PRACTICAL%20ISSUES.doc

ARGUMENTS FROM BIOLOGYfiles/FAQ%20ARGUMENTS%20FROM%20BIOLOGY.doc

INSECTS AND PLANTS  files/FAQ%20INSECTS%20AND%20PLANTS.doc

FARMING files/FAQ%20FARMING.doc

LEATHER files/FAQ%20LEATHER.doc

HUNTING AND FISHING  files/FAQ%20HUNTING%20AND%20FISHING.doc

ANIMALS FOR ENTERTAINMENT files/FAQ%20ANIMALS%20FOR%20ENTERTAINMENT.doc

COMPANION ANIMALS files/FAQ%20COMPANION%20ANIMALS.doc

LABORATORY ANIMALS files/FAQ%20LABORATORY%20ANIMALS.doc

ACTIVISM files/FAQ%20AR%20ACTIVISM.doc

INFORMATION + ORGANISATIONSfiles/FAQ%20AR%20INFORMATION%20AND%20ORGANIZATIONS.doc

AND
FINALLY... files/FAQ%20FINALLY.doc

Opponents of AR are invited to create a FAQ that codifies their views; we do not attempt to do so here. The FAQ restricts itself specifically to AR issues; nutrition and other vegetarian/veganism issues are intentionally avoided because they are already well covered in the existing vegetarianism and veganism FAQs maintained by Michael Traub.

To obtain these FAQs, contact Michael at his e-mail address given below. The FAQ was created through a collaboration of authors. The answers have been attributed via initials, as follows:

  • TA Ted Altar
  • JE Jonathan Esterhazy
  • DG Donald Graft
  • JEH John Harrington
  • DVH Dietrich Von Haugwitz
  • LJ Leor Jacobi
  • LK Larry Kaiser
  • JK Jeremy Keens
  • BL Brian Luke
  • PM Peggy Madison
  • BRO Brian Owen
  • JSD Janine Stanley-Dunham
  • JLS Jennifer Stephens
  • MT Michael Traub
  • AECW Allen
  • ARVP AR-Views Panel
  • ARFAQE AR-FAQ Editor ar-faq @ animal-rights.net

In addition to these attributed text fragments, the FAQ contains many quotes from prominent figures from the present and past. These quotes are attributed using "--". For example, "--Thomas Edison".

The current FAQ maintainer is animal-rights.net. Ideas and criticisms are actively solicited and will be very gratefully received. The material included here is released to the public domain. We request that it be distributed without alteration to respect the author attributions. If you want to be notified about changes in the AR-FAQ e.g. you want to mirror this site, please send a mail to ar-faq @ animal-rights.net with "ar-faq notify" as subject.

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