Not a day goes by where I don’t see some bit of news that just makes me slam my palm against my forehead while simultaneously hitting said forehead against my desk as I copiously weep for the future.
I love my dogs. Even the yappy one that drives me insane. And I know each and every reader here who owns pets love them dearly and would do anything for them. Honestly, pet photos are about the only thing worth looking at in social media now. But there is a line, and even though it has been crossed, some people still tend to cross it for the most idiotic reasons.
A town in the north of Spain has become the country’s first to grant cats and dogs special rights as “non-human neighbours”.
Trigueros del Valle, a town of 300 inhabitants in the province of Valladolid, has approved a declaration which seeks to “dignify the lives of dogs and cats, animals which have shared with man thousands and thousands of years and have been a great help to him.”
I am all for protecting the least of us from any abuse. One of my favorite movies is Beastmaster, and one of the best scenes involves Seth throwing one of the tiger’s trappers into the pit with the tiger. He tells Tal that it isn’t fair to trap an animal. One must confront it in its own terms (I paraphrase). But this law smacks of giving “human rights” to animals, and that is a hell of a slippery slope. Yes, animals should have certain rights, but how will that tally when you want to order a burger or chicken marsala? I am clunky with the words here and can’t really articulate well. But I do have a question to ponder:
If we do eventually end up granting “human rights” to non-human animals, would owning them constitute slavery? Inquiring minds want to know.