Friday, May 27, 2011

For the love of animal rights

You can google "police and dog shootings", and many articles and sad stories come up. Yes, some may be justified for the protection of children or an aggressive animal at large type thing, but many are not.  Many are where it's a very unclear, grey area where the law permits it and where it needs some serious looking-at.  My best friend and sister-in-law's dog' shooting, has brought my attention to these issues much more so lately. In Colorado, the law talks specifically about using force "upon another person," and states that someone can use a degree of force that is believed to be necessary for protection. Yet the law doesn't address use of force against animals. Why not?  In this day and age, with so many people having animals and thinking of them as part of the family and being incredibly special ....why the hell has this not been addressed by our so called "citizen protecting and serving, united for all" government??  So many of us are so concerned with the suffering of animals, but the government is not. A few animals rights quotes I like:

"Life is life - whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man's own advantage". ~Sri Aurobindo

"It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions". ~Mark Twain

"The basis of all animal rights should be the Golden Rule: we should treat them as we would wish them to treat us, were any other species in our dominant position". ~Christine Stevens

"If a group of beings from another planet were to land on Earth - beings who considered themselves as superior to you as you feel yourself to be to other animals - would you concede them the rights over you that you assume over other animals? " ~Attributed to George Bernard Shaw

"The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality. " ~Schopenhauer

I could go on and on with animal rights quotes. I could rant and rave in this blog for days about the numerous ways animals are not identified and given rights. Whether it's shootings by police officers unjustifiably, puppy mills, fur factories, etc......why are they not considered? Why are they not spoken for? I suppose the debate could go on and on, as yes I eat meat and just choose not to think about what the animals go through so that I can eat it. And yes, I know PETA does all they can to make a difference, but its not enough to force changes in the law. Just as, to many ignorant people out there, animals are just "pets". 

These injustices results in an incalculably great impoverishment of the human spirit. Is that what we want for ourselves? Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.

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