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Jeremy Bentham – The First Animal Rights Activist..?

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Jeremy Bentham 1748-1832

Over the last few weeks I have been reading up the history of animal rights. Upon my discovery I have realised that the history itself is relevantly short. It’s true, we have been living among animals for over 15,000 years starting with the domestication of dogs – shortly after this we started actively domesticating animals for farming and agriculture. As we harnessed this we have gained the trust of these animals and as with many things in life – there will be people who wish to abuse and take advantage of this. So the  fundamental question is: When did we recognise that there is a welfare issue? When did we sympathise with animals and strive to improve their welfare and punish those who abuse them? I believe it entered into public awareness  thanks to a man called Jeremy Bentham.

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