Establishing the Rights of Animals in Law and Human Consciousness

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Establishing the Rights of Animals in Law and Human Consciousness

Comments by Frank and Mary Hoffman - 19 Jun 2006

Dear David:

Your example of the school principal is a good one, and is very typical of the problem we have in this world. He’s concerned about his job, and is unwilling to go to the next step of being a forerunner in ending the root problem. However one of the problems is that the animal rights issue is threatening to them and their “security”.

If we talk about the problem of violence in our world, the reasons that it exists, and what we can do to change thing, we can include the mistreatment of farmed animals and farm and slaughterhouse worker. We can cite the FBI and Perdue studies on the connection of animal abuse and human abuse, and why it’s important that we recognize these facts.

We can encourage our audience to suggest ways we can eliminate the root problems. In this process there are sure to be comments about making it illegal to abuse animals. We can then explain about why this is in conflict with property rights, and that until animals have the right not to be property these abuses will continue. We need to broaden our base. We can show the comparison with our human civil rights laws.

We are not convinced that we cannot reach large audiences. We need to find the ways to open the doors without closing them behind us.

When people talk about peaceful ways of eliminating oppression, two people always are cited: Gandhi and King. King worked from within the churches to reach a larger public audience, and this is exactly what we need to do; only we may have to start in another venue.

In the Love of the Lord,

Frank and Mary

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