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Why a Rat is no Pig is no Dog is no Boy Print E-mail
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'Animal Rights' is an empty philosophy, and here's how farmers can expose its weaknesses to the light of truth: A Truth in Food conversation with author Wesley J. Smith

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Rat-Is-A-Pig-coverAward winning author Wesley J. Smith's latest book, A Rat is a Pig is a Dog is a Boy: The Human Cost of the Animal Rights Movement, offers animal agriculture a carefully crafted and brilliantly argued critique of the flawed ideology and dangerous tactics of the animal liberation movement behind much of today's criticism of "factory farming."

WSmithA Senior Fellow in Human Rights and Bioethics at the Discovery Institute, a consultant to the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, and a special consultant for the Center for Bioethics and Culture, Smith offers a bulletproof defense of animal agriculture based on the unique importance of human exceptionalism. Precisely because humans are placed above animals--whether through divine right or by natural law is immaterial--only humans and humans alone are capable of making decisions to protect the welfare of animals, as well as decisions to use them as we see fit. The bioethical foundation of his defense of animal farming works exceptionally to deflate the sanctimonious violence of today's animal rightist by reflecting back upon them the whithering light of their movement's underlying, and fatal, ethical contradictions.

Required reading for anyone interested in beating the animal rights movement on its own terms, Smith's book is put into context through this 30 minute interview with Truth in Food's Kevin Murphy.

 

 

 

 

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0 #4 Sean 2014-11-03 16:31
Time4dogs,
"The only reasonable response is to insist that laws regarding animal welfare be abolished. What people do with their animals is their own business"
You are a sick individual. I can only hope this egregious and frankly psychopathic post is trolling.
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0 #3 Spinner 2014-02-16 15:37
Animal rights is virtually the opposite of animal rights. One is endowing animals with an autonomy they don't even know they have and probably wouldn't understand, and the other is expecting humans to take proper care of their animals. So many actions by animal rights groups results in poor animal welfare.
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-2 #2 Time4dogs 2014-01-12 11:16
I disagree with Mr. Smith that we need to make an effort to exceed animal welfare standards...the AR activists are now writing our animal welfare laws!! The only reasonable response is to insist that laws regarding animal welfare be abolished. What people do with their animals is their own business and should not be a point of compromise with humaniacs.
Here's a link to aan article I wrote on animal rights a while back:
http://time4dogs.blogspot.com/2012/01/why-animals-dont-have-rights.html
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+1 #1 Geneva Coats 2014-01-12 10:48
Animal welfare is just the other side of the animal rights coin. We now have animal rights activists in positions of power at the USDA. Never believe that animal welfare concepts are benign. They are NOT.
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