[LISTEN] Do animals have value only if they benefit humans?

University of Johannesburg professor of fundamental rights and human rights David Bilchitz joined Eusebius McKaiser in studio to share his view that animals have intrinsic value and that we need to rethink canned hunting, trophy hunting and even the trade in animal products such as lion bones, ivory and rhino horns.

The dog has a capacity to feel, to experience, has a being with a world and such has a relevant similarity to humans.

David Bilchitz, Professor of fundamental rights and human rights - University of Johannesburg

It comes down to why one possess rights or not, what is the ground for claiming that a child has a right, I have a right... If we can't give a good account of that without also including animals then it is arbitrary to exclude animals from being in the class of rights holders.

David Bilchitz, Professor of fundamental rights and human rights - University of Johannesburg

The relationship is there because animals share fundamental similarity to us and that similarity is a ground for rights.

David Bilchitz, Professor of fundamental rights and human rights - University of Johannesburg

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