Animal interests will almost always be regarded as less important than human interests, even when the human interest at stake is relatively trivial and the animal interest at stake is significant. The result of any supposed balancing of human and nonhuman interests required by animal-welfare laws is predetermined from the outset by the property status of the nonhuman as a "food animal," "experimental animal," "game animal," et cetera.
Gary L. Francione,
Reflections on Animals, Property, and the Law and Rain Without Thunder,
70 Law and Contemporary Problems
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