Tom Regan on Rights

Animal Ethics

the United States) citizens meeting certain requirements have the legal right to vote or run for elected office; in other countries (e.g., Libya) citizens do not have these rights. In the United States, for example, citizens once had to be twenty-one years of age to vote in federal elections; now they must be eighteen. An individual's race, sex, religion, place of birth, or country of domicile are not relevant characteristics for the possession of moral rights.

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