I’m confused again. I really need to stop reading PSA crap because it’s causing me to have an identity crisis. Before, I just thought I was anti-slaughter and had respect and compassion for all animals. Now, I’m being told that if I don’t think slaughter is right, that makes me a zealot and an animal rights activist. So, I guess I’m going to bore the crap out of everybody today trying to work out what the difference is. My apologies in advance as this blog entry will likely be about as dry as a popcorn fart.
From what I can understand by the near incoherent rantings from the PSA side of things, animal rights are bad. They just may be the root of all things evil including the crashed economy, disease and toe fungus. It is very bad to think animals have rights. So, once again I deferred to our handy online dictionary and found this:
rights:3rd person singular present, plural of right
Noun: That which is morally correct, just, or honorable: “the difference between right and wrong”
Ok, I may be in trouble because my moral compass tells me that torturing animals is wrong, so by default that would mean it is NOT morally correct, just or honorable to cause fear and pain in another living creature. I actually think all living things have basic rights. *GASP* Surely I couldn’t be one of these scary animal rights people I hear so much about, so I looked that up too. The legal definition is as follows:
“Protection of animals from cruelty through requirements of humane treatment. Laws protecting animal rights proscribe certain forms of brutal and merciless treatment of animals in medical and scientific research and in the handling of and slaughter of animals for human consumption”
Sweet cheezus, I agree with the above statement too! Maybe it’s because I can read it how it was meant. It is not saying you can’t have your bacon or eggs, it’s telling you that can’t mistreat the animals and there are laws and everything! We already know that slaughter houses for horses cannot be made humane and that’s why we always see `minimal’ suffering attached to it when some PSA is trying to cram it down our throats. In order to make slaughter for horses humane, you are going to need some guy that drives around the countryside that will accurately shoot and kill your horse with one shot, bleed and dress them out right there in the comfort of their homes. That would be not be economical for the mass production that greedy Slaughterhouse Sue desires and it won’t allow the PSAs to poke their head in the sand about it either. It’s not going to happen.
Another term I see bandied about by PSAs all the time is `animal welfare’. From what I can gather, it is good to be into animal welfare. Holy Mother Theresa Manzella claims to be animal welfare and we all know that she is a God warrior, so surely this must be the thing to be. Yup, decided to look up welfare too and found myself even more confused.
Now I know that according to the PSA contingent I am stupid and lack common sense, but this definition does not seem to reflect what happens to horses in a slaughter-house. Calling it harvesting or processing doesn’t twist it enough to fit into that definition either. I just may be into animal welfare too and I’m beginning to feel like Mendy with all these conflicting personalities housed within. Surely the Animal Welfare Institute can clear things up for me?
“The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) condemns violence directed against all living creatures. There are no exceptions.
While AWI’s mission is to alleviate suffering of nonhuman animals, the principle followed by AWI of compassion and nonviolence applies to human animals as well as nonhuman animals.”
Just as I feared, I am also `animal welfare’. The good news is that by definition, not a single one of the PSAs are AW no matter how tall the stack of bibles they hide behind is.
Since looking into welfare vs rights gave me no resolution, I decided to figure out whether or not I’m a zealot or not. I have to admit I was worried I might have to add yet another label to myself, but I soldiered on and returned to Webster’s Online.
Definition of ZEALOT
Still not satisfied with my labels, I decided to figure out whether or not I’m an activist. According to PSAs it’s not really good to be an activist either. In fact, many of them will tell you that you are one scary human being if you are an activist. I know that Richard Cuoto is considered to be an activist and most PSAs will tell you he’s the devil incarnate. Let’s see what being an activist means…