National “Animal Rights Day” Foolishness

by Wesley J. Smith

The term “animal rights” is used far too loosely. Many people think it means be nicer to animals. Or, treat them humanely.

No. That is animal welfare. Improving animal welfare is a noble cause that rises out of the understanding that humans can use animals for our benefit.

And that is why animal rights activists loathe animal welfare. They see humans and animals as equal. They don’t believe we should be allowed to own animals. They believe animals in the wild should have equal consideration to humans in conflicts of interest.

They also believe animals and humans should have equal rights

I bring this up because an animal rights–not welfare–group has named May 30 to be National Animal Rights Day. In essence, this is an animal Memorial Day. What nonsense.

I checked out their website, and found a paragraph amid all the foolishness that illustrates the ideology–and highly emotive and anthropomorphic beliefs–of animal rights ideology pretty well. My emphasis:

If these animals could talk, their chorus of cries would drown out every other noise in the world. They would come from every farm, slaughterhouse, meat market, testing lab, breeding factory, fishing pond, hunting ground, circus, zoo, religious temple, pet store, city shelter, restaurant, and dinner table, in every home on every street.

These individual beings, who have a soul, a unique character, a will to live, and a natural right to do so, are just like us: they come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Some of them have feathers, some of them have fur, some of them have paws and some have tiny little legs. But they all share the very same thing we have in common too: they want to live. With their loved ones. Happy and free…

This tradition will continue until the day when all animals could live on their own terms, with their families and offspring, happy and free. Until the day when these beautiful beings have equal rights to human beings on this planet. Until the day when human beings take responsibility and protect all animals, instead of harming them. Until that day, we will be here.

No, animals are not “just like us.”  They don’t have natural rights. Have you ever seen how brutally and mercilessly animals treat each other in the wild?

Animals aren’t slabs of granite. They can certainly feel pain. They experience emotions.

But they aren’t people. Animals don’t have rights because they don’t–can’t–have duties, which are exclusively in the human realm

But illustrating the decadent times in which we live–and the extent to which critical thinking is being replaced by sentimentality and rank emotionalism–32% of Americans polled apparently believe that “animals should have the same rights as people.” 

That’s very alarming. If animal rights prevails, there will be no medical testing on animals–meaning no medical breakthroughs at the cost of unalleviated human suffering. There will be no animal agriculture, no zoos, no horseback riding, no pets. Beneficial industries and entire ways of life will be destroyed.

The physical, social, and economic harm to humans and our societies is unquantifiable.