Animal Bill of Rights
(A Petition to the 102nd United States Congress)
I, the undersigned American citizen, believe that animals, like all sentient beings, are entitled to basic legal rights in our society. Deprived of legal protection, animals are defenseless against exploitation and abuse by humans. As no such rights now exist, I urge you to pass legislation in support of the following basic rights for animals:
The right of animals to be free from exploitation, cruelty, neglect and abuse.
The right of laboratory animals not to be used in cruel or unnecessary experiments.
The right of farm animals to an environment that satisfies their basic physical and psychological needs.
The right of companion animals to a healthy diet, protective shelter, and adequate medical care.
The right of wildlife to a natural habitat, ecologically sufficient to a normal existence and a self-sustaining species population.
The right of animals to have their interest represented in court and safeguarded by the law of the land.1