Liberty and Animal RightsSubmitted by Katniss Everdeen on Tue, 08/07/2012 - 20:04
Last night on the DP chat, I got into a discussion with another user about animal abuse laws in a free society.
My position is, yes, animals owned by humans are property and people should be able to do what they want with their property. HOWEVER, animals are also living creatures who have feelings and can feel pain. Obviously they are not on the intellectual level of humans and don't have "rights" in the same way people do (despite the title of this thread). I do not think it is right for the law to treat these creatures and inanimate objects the same way. There should be protections in the law and that a person should not be able to light their cat on fire or starve their puppy to death in the same way one can legally light a pencil on fire or not water a plant. But, these laws should be on a state and local level - not federal, since it is not mentioned in the Constitution.
What is your opinion on this issue?