Invertebrate Rights?

March 13, 2009 at 1:48 am 1 comment


HumanEvents reports that British readers may want to think twice before swatting that pesky house fly or feeding poison bait to the`ants in their pantries.  Apparently in Britain it’s now a criminal offense to abuse any animal kept as a pet.  The Animal Welfare Act specifies that you must take care of all of an animal’s welfare needs — or potentially face a fine of $30,000 or up to twelve-months in prison.

While the Animal Welfare Act spells out care requirements  for animals like cats and dogs in detail, it does not specify exactly how one should care rarer species like slugs or sea monkeys.  It also neglects to lay out how authorities will differentiate between pet mice, which must be properly tended from nuisance mice, which can be properly dispatched.

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  • 1. retrieverman  |  March 13, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    The statute doesn’t define “animal,” which is the biggest mistake in most animal welfare legislation.

    Or maybe it defines animal way, way, way, too broadly!

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