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All animals deserve humane treatment

       

Who decides what is property? It’s the people who claim ownership.

At one time, African Americans were considered property. What gave those people the right to do that?

Under current law, domestic animals are considered as property. Who gave us that right? Many people point to the Bible, which says God let man rule over His creation. If I were to create something and tell you to take care of it, that does not make it your property.

Man can create things like houses, furniture, machines, etc., but only God can create life. If a person has animals, it is his duty as caretaker of God’s property to provide food, water and shelter. He should not beat, abandon or abuse them and should provide medical care when necessary.

We have created laws to protect pets from abuse, but these laws specifically exempt animals used in the entertainment, food, fashion and research industries. If someone asks you to take care of their animals, that doesn’t give you the right to ride their bulls or rope their calves.

We can kill and eat them because the owner has given us permission, but that doesn’t give us the right to treat them badly before doing so. Nor do we have permission to make fur coats out of them or use them for medical experiments.

The legal system should recognize that all domestic animals should have a certain level of legal rights, the same as our children, not as owners, but from a position of guardianship. Until this happens, we cannot call ourselves truly humane.

— William Wilson

Jeffersonville

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