Basically, animals have NO rights, they don't vote, they can't own property, and they can't serve on a jury. To quote Rush Limbaugh from his book, "The Way Things Ought to be":
"Rights are either God-given or evolve out of the democratic process. Most rights are based on the ability of people to agree on a social contract, the ability to make and keep agreements. Animals cannot possibly reach such an agreement with other creatures. They cannot respect anyone else's rights. Therefore they cannot be said to have rights."
He of course goes on, but I figure that one paragraph is enough. Now, I do think that Humans have a responsibility to treat animals humanely, but that doesn't give animals any specific rights.
By the way, if you don't approve of my quoting Rush Limbaugh. Too BAD! I like him. I don't agree with everything he says, but then if we all agreed with one another, the world would be a boring place to live.
What do you think? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or comments.
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