In a post the other day, I quoted my friend Matthew Scully’s recent book review in the Weekly Standard, noting that Matthew used the review “to argue for animal rights.” An attentive reader notes that I got that wrong.
In the review as elsewhere—notably in his beautifully written book, Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy—Matthew intentionally and persuasively avoids any discussion of “animal rights,” writing not about the putative “rights” of animals but about the entirely real moral obligations of humans.
The distinction is vital. I’d recommend Matthew’s book. But for a briefer treatment, take a look at this essay, “The Case for Compassionate Conservatism—for Animals.”