Yes, I believe human slavery and animal abuse are both evil, despicable, disgusting behaviors. I also believe that there are many humans that are not "human" and many animals that are "human".
There is still quite a lot of slavery (of humans) in the world. It took America a long time to figure out how wrong that was and even then blacks were essentially treated as "sub-human" until 1965. There are many people that recognize that animals have rights and personalities that deserve the protection of law. That's what triggered this thread.
Well I will have to say... hell how do you answer that? You think some animals are human?????????
Good thing I joined PETA - People Eating Tasty Animals.
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My cats do exhibit human qualities. Now, I've invested thousands of hours learning their language and teaching them mine. I would say that they are about 2 years to 3 year old (in human equivalency - see, you win) and they are as important to me as any child would be.
So, yes, I believe that animals, particularly the domestics (pets) have the same rights to protection as small children. Small children can't vote, drink or go outside unsupervised, but they do have the right to be fed, comforted, receive medical care as if they were human. If there is an active God (separate topic ;-), they are his creations also and have as much "soul" as we do.
That does not mean that I approve of this REGISTRY process. I do not approve.
Well we were given dominion over the animals. This stewardship does not mean to abuse. I don't however believe they have souls. (Discussion for another time.)
Last edited by Black Dog; 03-21-12 at 05:47 PM.
No Lives Matter
And because you no longer have a leg to stand on, you resort to redirection. I can assure you I do not feel that PETA is the bogeyman. There are very few things in this world that I fear, however, an uncontrolled government is definitely one of them.
As a dreamer of dreams and a travellin' man, I have chalked up many a mile.
Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks and I've learned much from both of their styles!
Yes, it is hypocritical. Our relationship with some animals is a purely commercial one, mostly chickens, cows, sheep and pigs. In many cases they are subjected to unnecessary abuse. That is why I try to buy Kosher meat (the animal can not suffer pain or the meat is not Kosher) and I prefer to buy free range products. It is sad that we kill them but it is fundamental. Our arrangement with household animals is different. We have a form of contract with them. They provide companionship and security and we provide room, board and protection. Strengthening and enforcing Animal Cruelty laws is very important. Creating registries is not a valid protection and is an infringement on human rights without a matching benefit.Don''t you think that's a little hypocritical? Domestic food and farm animals because they are not fuzzy and cute get no consideration?