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DIEZ SPELZ, Juan Francisco. The animal question, law, and human rights. Analysis of Law 17/2021 on the legal regime of animals in Spain. Cuest. Const. [online]. 2022, n.46, pp.353-372.  Epub 03-Mar-2023. ISSN 1405-9193.

The restlessness of the human and his position in front of other living beings were always present in many of the western philosophical currents. Today, the legal debate on the dignity, morality, sensitivity and even personality of these beings is in force in many countries that seek to modify and create laws, such as Law 17/2021 in Spain, which by changing the legal status of animals to "sentient beings" achieves that protection is extended to them, establishing new responsibilities and duties. This article comments on this legislative change and explores the possibility of attributing rights to animals.

Palabras llave : animals; human rights; dignity; soul; animal rights; ethics; morals; sentient beings.

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