Human Rights for Animals?
This country is assigning more and more rights to animals. It’s true that animal cruelty is a vicious act that requires attention. Last year, two chimps were removed from a San Antonio animal refuge because of terrible, infested conditions. Now, the San Antonio refuge is under new management and has built new facilities to house the two chimps and wants them returned to their home. The shelter that has cared for the chimps since their removal has filed suit against the San Antonio refuge because they have reportedly grown attached to the animals. In the media report, it was mentioned that the goal is that legal decisions must be made according the “wishes of the animal”. Those are the exact words. Can an animal’s equal rights be far behind? Animal rights is the activism of the age while human beings are hard pressed to obtain legal counsel for even the most valid reasons, ostensibly because the poor are a bunch of cranks and liars. There are all kinds of legal issues in which families cannot obtain legal counsel without notable wealth. As a result, discrimination and unfair treatment are the rule rather than the exception. In impoverished areas like Tennessee, families with valid cases are turned down by attorneys and government agencies alike, using lies and deception. For example, people of color and bi-racial couples are unable to obtain the same services others are even though discrimination laws and the Constitution stand behind fair and equal treatment. Yet these people are not able to exercise the rights they have before the Constitution while activists clamor for more and more rights for animals. How can an animal decide who it will stay with? Who will decide such a thing based on what precedent? Will this be decided by more activist judges that already disregard and twist the laws of this country? The rights of animals is exactly what will be decided over the next few years while human rights languish on the altar of expediency and apathy.
It grieves me greatly that a nation of God that recognizes that all men are created equal is able and willing to treat people in such a way while we judicially elevate animals to human status. Animals should not be mistreated, but cannot be elevated to the status of humans in order to protect them. Let’s face it. This country, arguably the greatest in the world, can’t protect the rights of human beings that live here. How can the rights of animals be enforced any better and why should they be?
~ written by guest-host W. Green