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  • How Can This Be An Issue?

    Posted by James R. Rummel on March 7th, 2010 (All posts by )

    A measure put to the vote recently in Switzerland was to give abused animals their own lawyers. It was handily defeated.

    I’m at a loss here. How did this get on the ballot? Isn’t there a global economic crises going on right now? So, of course, money has to be spent on expanding another bureaucracy. There are already laws on the Swiss books to protect animals, so why not hire lawyers to represent them in court?

    Yeah, yeah, I know. I hate the helpless little furry children, and want to see them suffer. The reality is rather different.

    Special interest groups will drain us all. Luckily the voters in Switzerland told them to get lost.


    5 Responses to “How Can This Be An Issue?”

    1. Shannon Love Says:

      Sadly, those most vocal about “animal rights” are usually only interested in exploiting the suffering of animals as a means of dominating and controlling other human beings.

      The concept of expanding legal rights, including representation, to animals means that there will have to be some humans task with the legal authority to direct the power of the state against other humans. After all, dogs aren’t going to suing each other.

      No, this will turn into just another mechanism by which a self-appointed elite can use “compassion” to bludgeon their social and political competitors. These are the same people who use the fate of the poor for their own selfish reasons while the poor just get worse and worse off.

    2. Munro Ferguson Says:

      The Swiss are no strangers to completely bizarre considerations of their non-human inhabitants. A few years back the government tapped a panel to consider the “dignity of plants” and had a go at possible legal measures defining “plant’s rights.” Yes really. Not sure how it ended up.

    3. Robert Schwartz Says:

      I think animals should have lawyers. When an animal can, by itself, walk (fly whatever) into a lawyers office and deliver a substantial retainer, then it will have a lawyer. Until then …

    4. James R. Rummel Says:

      “When an animal can, by itself, walk (fly whatever) into a lawyers office and deliver a substantial retainer, then it will have a lawyer.”

      Spoken like a true professional.

    5. Shannon Love Says:

      I thought some animals were already lawyers by courtesy e.g. sharks and barracuda.