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"The academic panel concluded that there appears to be little evidence to demonstrate that the welfare of animals kept in travelling circuses is any better or worse than that of animals kept in other captive environments" - Executive Summary of the DEFRA Circus Working Group 2007
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Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Animal Rights Crawls into the Courtroom Again
As more naive academics muddy the waters with their own perverse ideas of ethics, sugar-coated with sentimentalism the animal rights legal train rolls on. We are living in a time where India has declared dolphins "non-human persons" and the Great Ape Project has gained support for laws granting chimpanzees and orang-utans rights in some European countries. In the UK a law banning wild animals in travelling circuses is being processed for 2015 in shameless disregard of the conclusions of a government commissioned scientific report. Despite using terrorist tactics, animal rights has always gone hand-in-hand with lawyers. Getting prosecutions - no matter how unsuccessful - has been a staple tactic of many groups. The below link demonstrates that the slippery slope argument is justly applied as the Non-human Rights Project seek to turn chimpanzees into legal persons in a move to free them from captivity. Animal welfare law professor, Richard Cupp, certainly thinks so:
"If NhRP is successful in New York, it could be a significant step toward upending millennia of law defining animals as property and could set off a 'chain reaction' that could bleed over to other jurisdictions"
Lawsuits Could Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal Persons | Science/AAAS | News
The NhRP are unashamed in their desire to pursue animal rights law and extending it to as many species as possible. Some of the comments against this project carry a tongue-in-cheek feel, especially when it comes to the idea that such laws might extend to marrying animals once they have rights. The PeTA episode of the irreverent animated series, "South Park" put forward the preposterous extension of PeTA's philosophy to include having sex with animals, but it would appear that such ideas not that far from animal rights dogma. "Animal Liberation" Peter Singer, who is now gaining more public support from academics like Richard Dawkins, has written that “sex with animals does not always involve cruelty” and that “mutually satisfying activities may develop” between people and animals.
Singer has stated that “The notion that human life is sacred just because it is human life is medieval”, but so is animal rights. As the attached illustration shows, there was a time when animals did appear in court as legal persons and were tried for crimes. This seems ridiculous to those of us who can see that animals have no legal obligations, which undermines the idea of them having rights.
Those of us that have opposed the concept of animal rights in favour of animal welfare could see the writing on the wall a long time ago. We saw animal circuses as being the thin end of the proverbial wedge it is proving to be, and fortunately some - although not nearly enough - members of other animal industries are taking note. This year we have seen the creep of a dangerous philosophy working its way into the public consciousness and little thought being applied to the bigger picture.
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