Unformatted text preview: Group C – Should The Universal United Nations Declaration of Human Rights be broadened to include the "rights of non-human persons." By: Lam Duong, Kevin Menear, Cory Isabelle and Roger Swingle The Interest Theory of Rights states that anything that has an interest may be entitled to the right that corresponds to that interest. As a group, we’ve agreed that all beings can be candidates to certain rights so long as they have interests that correspond to those rights. The rights that these candidates may be entitled to are limited to what interests they possess. All rights are derived from interests, therefore rights are limited only to what the entity in question is interested in. For example: pigs like to eat, that means that they have an interest in eating and thus have the right to food, therefore we must not starve them. However, pigs don’t have the right to drive a car for they have no interest in doing so. Rights are also limited by the fact that the interests of an agent cannot interfere with the interests of another agent. also limited by the fact that the interests of an agent cannot interfere with the interests of another agent....
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- Spring '08
- Universal Declaration of Human Rights