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    Predefinito diritti umani O diritti degli animali?

    sono sempre piu' numerosi i paesi che inseriscono i "diritti degli animali" in costituzione. La Nuova Zelanda ha la costituzione piu' "avanzata" in questo senso. In Europa, la Germania ha appena cambiato la sua costituzione per "difendere" gli animali. Ma i diritto degli animali sono compatibili con i diritti dell'uomo?
    Interessante articolo sull'ultimo numero di "Spectator":


    Termites who laid waste to religious houses in 18th-century Brazil could expect more merciful treatment than a visit from the Rentokil man. In Maranhao in 1709, a group of the insects accused of damaging a Franciscan monastery were tried in court and defended most eloquently by a lawyer who argued, successfully, that they were the original owners of the land. The court’s judgment, exonerating them of blame, was then read aloud to the termite hills.

    Until recently, such stories — which were far from uncommon in mediaeval Europe — tended to be treated with ridicule. Indeed, a fuller account of the termite story can be found in the 1976 edition of the Reader’s Digest Book of Strange Stories and Amazing Facts, under the heading ‘Strange Customs and Superstitions’. Yet, as Peter Day of Dartford discovered to his cost earlier this week, it no longer does to challenge a beast’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Hearing screams from his living room, Mr Day rushed in to find his 14-week-old baby son, Louis, being attacked by a fox. The animal had dug its teeth into the baby’s temple and forehead, and was in the process of dragging him outside to devour him. Happily, Louis survived. Unhappily, Mr Day made the mistake of ringing the RSPCA’s ‘emergency helpline’, hoping that the charity would dispatch one of its vans to Dartford to capture the animal.

    Instead, the RSPCA poured scorn upon his story, denying that a fox could possibly be responsible — although there are documented cases of similar incidents. Then, when Mr Day suggested he might undertake to kill the animal himself, he was threatened with prosecution for cruelty to animals. Were it a one-off case of an overenthusiastic RSPCA officer, it might deserve little comment; but the story is part of an increasing pattern of behaviour in Western society. We are becoming overtaken by a philosophy which puts the rights of animals above those of humans.

    Last week, these pages carried a story by Aidan Hartley about Dr Jane Goodall, who campaigns for animals to be granted equal rights as humans, yet will do anything to save her adopted chimp, Frodo, suffering punishment for having killed a baby in a national park in Tanzania. There was the case, too, last July, of Jessie Arbogast, a boy who had his arm torn off by a shark while swimming off the coast of Florida. The boy’s uncle killed the shark and retrieved the severed arm, only to be apprehended by the stern words of the New York Times, accusing him of a ‘disproportionate’ response.

    In this country, the continuing crusade to ban hunting is even distracting from the true extent of Labour’s obsession with human rights. Week after week, backbenchers too supine to upset the whips by saying anything about the government’s policies on health, education and crime are busying themselves with a detached agenda, speaking up for furry little animals. In the past week alone, 68 of them have signed up for a Europe-wide ban on the testing of cosmetics on animals, 41 of them have lobbied for badger snares to be banned, and 17 of them have demanded that the keeping of monkeys as pets be outlawed.

    An ‘animals first’ policy appears to have infiltrated all areas of public administration. New dual carriageways have been built with little tunnels for migrating newts and badgers — but without any means for elderly pedestrians to cross four lanes of juggernauts to collect their pensions from the post office. As human beings struggle to find decent housing, new developments are regularly being rejected on the basis that a rare species of flea, like the Brazilian termites, was living there first.

    It is far from straightforward to account for the rise of the animal-rights movement. What is it that makes decent ladies of the shires line up outside Huntingdon Life Sciences and chant along with the low-lifers of the Animal Liberation Front, or kindly suburban folk leave out food scraps for mangy, verminous foxes, and any rats which might like to take advantage too? What is it that makes human beings send death threats to a paraplegic who dares to stand up for the right of scientists to conduct experiments on rats to develop a cure for the wasting disease that is killing him?

    Clearly, not all the above are motivated by a dislike of humanity, but there is a discernible streak of self-hate in the changing attitudes of Western people towards animals. We human beings, as per the anti-fur advertisements, are ugly creatures whose selfishness makes us unworthy of the nobler creatures. Animals are eternal victims, sacrificed to stuff the stomachs of our fat, ghastly children. So what if the odd toddler gets gobbled up by a fox; it doesn’t even begin to redress the unequal struggle of animals against man.

    Such a philosophy, of course, could only have developed in the age of antibiotics and pesticides, when the threat to our existence from bugs and beasts no longer preoccupies us as it once did. It is a fair bet that such an age will not last for ever. There will come a time when people will look back on the antics of the RSPCA, Jane Goodall and the ALF with bewilderment.

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    Predefinito Re: diritti umani O diritti degli animali?

    Originally posted by ciaparat
    Ma i diritto degli animali sono compatibili con i diritti dell'uomo?
    Mi capitò una volta di schiacciare una vipera durante una passeggiata nel bosco. Un amico di mio padre, che era lì con me, convinto ambientalista, si incazzò come una iena. Avrebbe preferito esser morso, forse...
    Tanto per far capire le teste di chi difende i diritti degli animali...

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    io sono un convinto animalista: questione di "educazione forzata": a casa siamo comunisti e sono le bestie a comandare
    saluti padani



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