Oh, good grief. Animal rights activists in Canada–not the same as animal welfare–are pushing an “Animal Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” Typical of most animal rights advocacy, much of it is utterly nonsensical.
“Animals” means sentient, non-human animals.
Note, sentience means aware or, “sense perception not involving intelligence or mental perception.” A fly escapes the swatter. A cockroach skitters out of the light Thus, the “Charter” applies equally to insects as to Bambi.
The Charter would be an animal rights lawyer full employment act:
Legal Status: 1. Animals have the right to have their interests represented in court. 2. Animals are persons under the law.
The bees as clients to prevent “rape racks” in the honey industry would be clueless. The lawyers would be representing animal rights ideologues.
And get this irrationality:
Fundamental Freedoms: 3. Animals have the right to be free from pain, injury or disease. 4. Animals have the right to be free from abuse and neglect. 5. Animals have the right to be free from fear, and emotional and psychological distress.
Have these people ever been in the wild? Are they going to sue the sow who allows the runt of the litter to starve to death? Prey animals live in fear!
Some of the rest deals with establishing absolute animal welfare standards that would shut down all animal industries and most uses. And this would keep us from ever using wild places:
Animals living in the wild have the right to enjoy a clean and ecologically sound natural habitat, free from human intervention or exploitation.
I think the Vegan Fox, a conversation I secretly recorded a bit ago between an animal rights activist and her bemused friend, is worth taking out of mothballs–which if used against the clothes eaters, come to think of it, would violate the Charter.
LifeNews.com Note: Wesley J. Smith, J.D., is a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture and a bioethics attorney who blogs at Human Exeptionalism.