The Myth of Animal Rights

Eight years ago Dr. Tibor Machan (1939-2016) delivered a lecture at the University of Heidelberg in Germany titled: The Myth of Animal Rights.

I aim to argue here that the concept of “rights” has not be shown to apply to animals in anything like the way it applies to human beings. Looking at the conceptual foundation of basic rights, especially a la John Locke, rights are founded on the moral nature of human beings, specifically on their moral agency.