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Animals And Their Rights

Kent (of Kent’s Hooligan Libertarian Blog) recently mused regarding the subject of animals, their ‘rights’, and his wearing of buckskin and eating animal flesh.  And the spurious arguments of radical vegetarians.    The money quote, to wit:

“I know how many vertebrates died for me to make my jacket. Three deer, a pig (for the brains I used to tan the hides), and an elk, which is where the sinew used to sew the jacket came from. (Various numbers of yellow jackets were also crushed when I rung out the wet hides during tanning.)

“How many animals died due to the farming or manufacture, and transportation, of your cotton, nylon, or hemp clothing? Habitat loss, agricultural chemicals, the trucks and factories and fuel all took a toll on animals. Both of us wear clothes that resulted in death. At least I own it.” (end)

Now, I’ve no argument with the rank-and-file vegan or fruititarian with regard to their lifestyle choice.  Some varieties might be healthier than my choices.  But, some seem bent on making me change my lifestyle choices, because they see theirs as the true way.  Much like a religious zealot.  Or a global cooling, global warming, climate change, climate disruption (or whatever they are calling it this week) zealot.

As with any other good for you philosophy –  when tied to a political agenda, it loses it’s purity.

Because it’s for the children.  Or Mother Earth.  Or Gaia.  Or whatever they are calling it this week.

MY (libertarian-philosophical) choice is generally to leave others alone.  I try to pass this knowledge onto to others who are receptive to it.  If they are not, that’s their business.

Learning to leave others alone to their business is freeing.  And less stressful.

It’s for the children, ya know!

(I’m gonna go have a bacon cheeseburger now!  With onion straws, cheddar, barbeque sauce and mustard.  And crisp French fries. Your choices may vary.  And that’s okay.)

bacon cheeseburger

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


4 thoughts on “Animals And Their Rights

  1. Do humans have the right to inflict needless suffering on our fellow creatures?
    Certainly we have the power. We have the power to do all kinds of things, good and bad.
    What we are judged on, is our choices.

    I don’t preach vegetarianism, I’m not a vegetarian.
    But, since my early adulthood, thinking about ethical choices has led me to eliminate the eating of my fellow mammals. It’s been a process, and, it may lead further, but for now that is where I am.

    Like the person quoted in your blog, be willing to own the ethics of your choices.
    Meat doesn’t appear in plastic wrapped packages in the grocery store.
    Be willing to visit a slaughterhouse and watch how it’s done. Be willing to live next to a feedlot.
    No? Then you’re running away from the ethics of your choices.
    THAT’S what I find frustrating. And hypocritical.

    Finally, the wearing of the skins of animals ONLY killed for their fur (lynx, mink, etc.) is the absolute WORST kind of human vanity and cruelty.

    Posted by Tomi | December 15, 2014, 8:24 am
  2. Save some for me! Hey Guffaw, have been over to Geno’s on University just west of the 101 yet? I had a tasty burger there the other night!

    Posted by gfrancisbrown | December 15, 2014, 11:00 pm

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