It's my belief that all animals have a spirit and a connection to the planet and to the other animals around it, including us, and so abusing that connection shows a lack of respect and understanding for all of the living creatures around us and for life in general. If you go one step further and take an animals life without showing that same respect and dignity towards it and allowing its spirit to release in a quick and meaningful way then it's my belief that it upsets the balance one death at a time and taints the remains that you would then consume or discard. Allowing something to suffer through neglect or abuse should be intolerable for most people but unfortunately it is not.
In a specific context, yes:Besides, you've already said that animal suffering is irrelevant to you.
IOW, suffering is not relevant when it comes to the question of rights. Other known animal species are not sapient nor sentient at any point in their lifespan - they have no rights.OP: "Animal rights is the idea that some, or all, non-human animals are entitled to the possession of their own lives, and that their most basic interests – such as the lack of suffering – should be afforded the same consideration as similar interests of human beings."
Me: "Animals are property - suffering is irrelevant."
I would not thank the mob for enacting feel-good legislation with no rational basis that pushes their morality onto others. Personal choice is the paramount notion when it comes to behavior that does not impact the rights of any other humans.There are, thankfully, very few people so indifferent to animal cruelty that they actually believe it should be legal.
I may disapprove of others' words or behaviors without wanting to push my standards as law.
Last edited by JayDubya; 04-25-15 at 07:17 AM.