Argument: Societies that adopt animal rights progress morally
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Tom Regan, an American animal right philosopher. "The Philosophy of Animal Rights". Retrieved May 6th, 2008 - "The philosophy of animal rights is socially progressive. Explanation: The greatest impediment to the flourishing of human society is the exploitation of other animals at human hands. This is true in the case of unhealthy diets, of the habitual reliance on the "whole animal model" in science, and of the many other forms animal exploitation takes. And it is no less true of education and advertising, for example, which help deaden the human psyche to the demands of reason, impartiality, compassion, and justice. In all these ways (and more), nations remain profoundly backward because they fail to serve the true interests of their citizens."
Mahatma Gandhi - "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be measured by the way its animals are treated."http://cultureandanimals.org/animalrights.htm#rational
Edward Freeman, English Freelance Historian and Journalist - "The awful wrongs and sufferings forced upon the innocent, helpless, faithful animal race, form the blackest chapter in the whole world's history."