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Animals’ right to privacy

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Since the dawn of time people have felt the need to protect their private lives. Contemporarily, the right to privacy remains one of the basic human rights. There are very few voices advocating that an individual shall be deprived of a possibility to keep any information about them in secrecy. Such views receive strong criticism as the majority of social groups and circles is likely to accept some constraints only due to the necessity to provide safety to communities. However, the issue whether other living creatures are entitled to be granted with the right to privacy does not remain a widely discussed matter. First signals pointing to the fact that functioning of animals may result in establishing some sorts of private spheres by them date back to as early as a few decades ago. They did not, however, bring about any wider interest whatsoever. Several years ago Brett Mills, Ph.D. raised the aforementioned question with regards to the manner in which the groups producing wildlife documentaries operate. His position stood up against strong opposition from numerous environments and backgrounds, including such ones acting in favour of animals. Animals’ right to privacy remains an interesting issue and ought to be analysed in a more profound manner. My article aims to present in detail the issue of animals’ right to privacy with special emphasis put over physical distance and the right to be let alone.
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  • [8] R. Alleyne, Wildlife documentaries invade animal privacy rights, claims leading academic, The Telegraph, 29 April 2010.
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