Discussion Point: Animal Rights

Two recent news stories inspired this one, first Mark Prichard’s private members bill to ban wild animals in circuses, second the Dutch parliament voting to ban ritual slaughter of animals.

The logic behind these acts of legislation is that we should treat lesser,non sentient creatures in a humane way regardless of religious belief.

Now this may sound callous, but I place the highest value on human freedom.  Furthermore I put humans before other species, and while I personally don’t like to eat it myself it doesn’t bother me if others wish to eat animals that were killed using kosher/halal methods. Therefore I oppose these bans for restricting our freedom of choice.