The discourse of legal rights is predicated on the ideal of sovereign, rational beings being [sic] afforded protections and opportunities equal to that of others; it applies an abstract principle to a population of abstracted and selfsame individuals. The discourse of animal rights, however, rejects this notion of an abstract or universal subject that underwrites the humanism that itself legitimates the discourse of rights. In other words, animal rights attempts to mobilize a humanist conceit toward posthumanist ends, disregarding the fact that by calling into question the discourse of humanism they also call into question the discourse of species that explains why certain beings deserve protection to begin with. (xii)
From Lavin, Chad. Eating Anxiety: The Perils of Food Politics. Minneapolis, MN: U Minnesota P, 2013. Print.