In U.S., More Say Animals Should Have Same Rights as People

Mama cow and babyAmericans increasingly think that animals should have the same rights as people when it comes to protection against harm and exploitation according to new Gallup polling on the issue. About a third of Americans, 32%, believe animals should be given the same rights as people. This strong animal rights view is up from 2008 when 25% thought animals’ rights should be on par with humans. Very few Americans, just 3%, now believe animals require little protection from harm and exploitation “since they are just animals.”