There’s something certainly not right in Denmark…
I’m all in favor of the ethical treatment of animals, but please, bear with me, because I seem to have missed the point here, somewhere.
So, you say, “Animal rights come before religion.” That’s why your government has now banned slaughtering animals for the production of halal and kosher meat. It makes sense that religious leaders are enraged over this. It also makes sense that you could care less about these people or their religion. You’ve placed the rights of animals over people, just to placate a handful of vocal activists in your country.
I understand that. It’s been a growing trend for quite some time now, that governments don’t respect basic human rights anymore. We have that problem in my country too.
But then there’s this thing with the giraffe, which I though was kind of silly and did not think much of it, at first, but now it’s got me thinking. How is it that you can euthanize a perfectly healthy animal, just because you can’t find it a suitable mate?
If I understood correctly, the big concern was that the giraffe would succumb to inbreeding and so it was decided that it would be best to kill it, instead of sterilizing it or sending it somewhere else. And that way, you could cut it open in front of little children — best of all worlds, eh?
You can sacrifice a giraffe in the name of good science, but you can’t slaughter a sheep for religious purposes.
What am I still missing here?
Here’s what you’re missing: this is the culture of death, stupid. It’s all about euthanasia, that a life that entails any suffering isn’t worth living anymore. That’s why we had to kill this giraffe; that’s why we can kill children; and that’s why killing a sheep or a goat, without stunning or sedating it first, is strictly prohibited. None of this has anything to do with so-called “religious freedom,” because…
Because when it comes to pleasure and pain — the only standard for determining the value of life — we’re all equal. That is the basis for animal rights, and those are the only rights we can speak of (according to the animal rights and assisted suicide advocates). Giraffes, sheep, goats, little children — everybody — we’re all the same.
I see. So, basically what you are telling me is that I’m pretty much just as good as a sheep. Have the sheep been allowed cast their vote yet? Let’s hear what they have to say:
And what’s your take on animal slaughter?