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ANIMALS & LAW

Posted by gamecocksunlimited on February 12, 2012

Monday, December 17th 2007 at 12:31pm by jimbeers

I have written several articles lately on animal ownership, animal use, animal “rights”, and all those radical (and many AWOL) groups that enable the use of these issues to subvert our government and way of life. The fact that these pieces have not avoided the “hot button” issues of dogfighting (i.e. the Michael Vick debacle) and cockfighting and horse slaughter has generated the need for further clarification. These issues, like the acceptance of unlimited sex education in the schools and the replacement of parental authority with education bureaucrats, lead to dramatic changes that are not positive and go far beyond the role of government as authorized in our Constitution. This piece responds to the accusation that I am no more than a mouthpiece for Americans that own or use or abuse animals as well as those Americans concerned about the centralization of governmental power and the abuses being wrought thereby.

Men (remember that I am in my 60’s and “men” in this context includes women as my grade school teachers so instructed) WRITE laws and ESTABLISH the societal authorities (governments) that maintain order in accordance with those laws in human communities.

Laws are based on the values and beliefs spelled out in the document(s) that ESTABLISH the government as adapted periodically by just laws that address emerging situations and needs WITHIN the latitude in the ESTABLISHING documents (in our case The Constitution of the United States of America as signed and ratified by the original 13 colonies during the period 1787 to 1791 when the first 10 Amendments known as “The Bill of Rights” were ratified and as subsequently Amended).

The history and rationale leading up to the ESTABLISHMENT of our government are explained in two places. First, the Declaration of Independence explained to the man-in-the-street WHY we were fighting ENGLAND (26 specific oppressions by England and her King were listed) and WHAT we expected to establish after our Independence was assured. We would found a “Government” “deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” “to secure these rights”: the rights referred to were those they mentioned as “self evident” “endowed by their Creator” and “unalienable” and given to “all men” that were inarguably “created equal”. They specifically mentioned the three rights they evidently believed were the most important, “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”.

The second place where our form of government is clearly spelled out is The Federalist Papers, The Anti-Federalist Papers, and the Constitutional Convention Debates. I recommend all of these documents to all Americans and others interested in the challenges of good government, freedom, rights, and the need for vigilant defense against forces that naturally form and reform to take control of others for their own purposes.

It is inarguable that the environmental and animal rights Movements are all about using government to destroy human rights under the pretext of “granting animals rights”; this is the exact opposite purpose of “securing these rights” mentioned in the Declaration of Independence. Look no further than the loss of property rights to endangered species decrees and the loss of controls over deadly and destructive predators like wolves and grizzly bears and cougars to animal protections that jeopardize human life and decimate human activities of all kinds.

This government that they formed and under which we live today, while often referred to as a Democracy, is in fact a Republic. The difference being that in a Republic there are certain guaranteed “rights” in the Constitution and Bill of “Rights” specifically that are not subject to whimsical votes or simple passage of laws or contradictory Court “findings”. In a Democracy, literally anything a majority votes for is the law of the land. In a Democracy, the popular notion that minorities and their rights are protected by “participating” is actually the exact opposite of the fact. In a pure democracy minorities have no “rights’ save what a majority and “their” government grant (like crumbs from the table to silence a whimpering dog).

Down through the ages men have worshipped animals like cats in Egypt or the mythical beasts in other pagan cultures. Some cultures believed that killing a fearsome animal made you more powerful or that eating a “wily” animal made you “smarter. Wild animals were domesticated to serve men as guards and to perform specific tasks as well as to eat and be pets. Men have enjoyed watching animals, catching animals, hunting animals, cultivating animals, watching and gambling on fighting animals, creating animal products from fur to jewelry, and utilizing animals for everything from needles (bone) to feathers and tails (decorations) to bed warmers on cold nights.

Some current religions like the Hindu religion enforce societal treatment of animals based on their beliefs that preclude the Christian biblical admonition for man to “have dominion over the animals”. Other religions like the Moslem religion hold that certain animals are to be avoided. Some like the Jewish religion prohibit the consumption of certain animals. In the past 35 years we have stopped all control, management, and use of marine mammals. Likewise, we have restricted and made hunting more difficult as we have also done to trapping. We have forced predators on rural communities and made it all but impossible to protect people and property from their depredations. In the midst of this we have created federal powers to ban cockfighting and horse slaughter and bullfighting and dogfighting while incrementally building federal powers to eliminate (as much?/all?) animal ownership and use as possible. No matter the emotional tug about how we “feel” about these things, the trend allaround us should disturb everyone. We openly lament the fact that while we profess to be disturbed about DOUBLE JEOPARDY (prosecuting in State AND Federal Court for the same crime, something we outlaw in the 5th Amendment to the Constitution – “nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb”) in the case of Michael Vick, it is OK in this case because “he deserves it”. Who’s next? If it is “OK” for Michael Vick, who is it not “OK” for?

There have been social “Movements” from the Anti-Vivisectionists in England 150 years ago to the PETA/HSUS et al “animal rights” Movement in the “Developed Nations” today that have sought by any means to utilize government laws and forcible compliance to impose their personal views of how Men & Animals are to be “allowed to interact”, if at all, on everyone else. These incremental “Movements” seek to change society, the scope of government, traditions, freedoms, rights, and human worth in ways that, while Democratic and perhaps permissible in Europe or Canada or Australia or practically every other nation, are NOT permissible in a Republic like the USA where the scope of government and the rights of citizens are specifically proscribed in the documents that ESTABLISHED the government.

There is NO MORAL Basis (as with murder, stealing, lying, etc.) for banning horse slaughter, or trapping, or cockfighting or dog fighting or hunting or fishing or rodeos or animals as medical subjects or the ownership of domestic animals or the control and use of wild animals or the exclusion of harmful animals from inhabited areas or any of the hundreds of human/animal interactions in the crosshairs of animal “rights” agendas. Under our form of government, these matters are and should remain under the jurisdiction and control of communities or Local governments in so far as possible. While the federal role should be to protect this Local or Community authority and to defend the national rights to things like private property and the use of public property, in fact in recent years the federal government has become just the opposite: a usurper of this authority to destroy these traditional freedoms and rights and the very heritage of the communities and states that make up this greatnation.

This usurpation of authority is happening in Europe with the continuing saga of European Market TO European Union TO circumventing the vote against a European Constitution by simply “word-smithing” a Constitution that politicians now claim doesn’t need voters to approve, only the politician’s signatures. This usurpation of authority is happening with the accession of national authority by the US to the UN to give many competitive nations advantages over the US by the use of “Treaties” and signed “Conventions as well as to give the “Developed Nations” power over the “Developing Nations”. Just as there are interlocking alliances between anti-gun and environmental and animal “rights” organizations in this trend; so too are the advocates of everything from The Law of the Sea Treaty to the Kyoto Protocols and the latest UN Indonesian Climate Summit all bound together for various agendas that ultimately boil down to larger and more powerful centralized governments that in reality combinethe worst of communism and capitalism to form tyrannies under faceless dictatorships.

Americans should not believe either that government is THE answer to every dilemma in life or that the guarantees in our founding documents and our guaranteed rights are dismissible for current imaginings. If there needs to be a theft of private property rights by government or “laws” that actually make “sacred” wolves, whales, sea lions, bears, baby seal products, etc.: the proper process is to change the Constitution. But that is not THE POINT for sensible Americans to keep in mind.

Believe it or not, I DO NOT support dogfighting nor would I ever attend such a spectacle. I would vote to prohibit such activity IN MY COMMUNITY. I would NOT support federal or even state prohibitions against dogfighting or cockfighting or horse slaughter. If certain communities; be they poor or affluent, minority or majority; consent to condone such activities in regulated environments, as repugnant as that may be, THAT IS THEIR RIGHT AND ROLE IN A REPUBLIC. If that right can be denied and eliminated because of the “feelings of many people”, what right is safe? Simply because it is admirable to treat all animals with the utmost consideration, does not mean that any and all means are therefore justifiable to force others to do so.

Does that mean those that are repulsed by such activity have no recourse? Of course not! You can avoid such places, you can tell your children to avoid them and why, you can tell neighbors and relatives and fellow churchgoers your beliefs and recommend alternatives or banning such activities in your community.

Does this mean that “your” “emotions” and “feelings” and “standards”, if strongly enough believed by most people, should be forced on all others nationally? If you say yes, then we are all ultimately doomed. Why? Because the very same rationale and illegal process can then be used to dictate what you may eat, where you may live, what sort of transportation you will be allowed, what sort of clothes you will be permitted, what sort of animal you will be allowed and how you must treat it, whether you hunt anywhere (including foreign lands), whether you may fish, and on and on ad infinitum (only the nation will implode before then).

While we have all cheered the banning of bullfights and cockfights and dogfights and horse slaughter by federal laws: they were and are the Pandora’s Box of the environmental and animal rights agenda that we see tumbling out all around us. I say “environmental” as well because it is the same process by many of the same groups that has led to destroying property rights for “endangered” species and the destruction of the management and use of natural resources on public lands in the name of “wilderness” and “native ecosystems”. These agendas and Movements are changing everything. We have been manipulated to despise our neighbors and to destroy what is good for our society because we do not share our neighbor’s values and traditions while we eagerly believe the propaganda all around us. Therefore, we tolerate the destruction of the rights of others under the mistaken impression that the destruction of their rights will stop with them; and we believe reports that catastrophic fires arecaused by Santa Ana winds and that energy resources should remain buried in the ground.

We have come to the point that we can no longer imagine that someone that opposes the Endangered Species Act can want to save species more than the Endangered Species Act zealot or bureaucrats. We deny the perfectly sensible rationale that managed and less abundant marine mammals, like similarly managed wolves and bears and cougars, are far more likely to be appreciated and persist farther into the future than the unmanaged populations of these animals all around us today. We no longer understand or accept the superior position of Man (be he an African native whose son is eaten by a crocodile or trampled by an elephant or a Montana sheep rancher watching protected bears and wolves destroy his family and livelihood) and the RESPONSIBILITY OF GOVERNMENT to protect man and his interests from animals – NOT vice versa. We shrug and fail to note that federal animal “welfare” laws have destroyed medical research, not only in this country but very likely internationally as the lion’s share ofsuch R&D was not only conducted in but was the product of the former freedoms and guaranteed property rights that have existed in this nation under our Constitution. Our Universities and “experts” (scientists, veterinarians, bureaucrats, and other radicals in mufti) respond like minnows to the flow of public and private money available to support these agendas. Our Politicians get votes and our state and federal bureaucrats gain power and bonuses and increased retirements from catering to these agendas.

Whether this is the result of affluence or the collapse of education and families or the loss of religious belief or just simply a Dark Age for reasons that only become clear after some cataclysm, I do not know. I do know that NOT speaking of these matters and NOT questioning what is going on is only contributing to making things worse. I ask all of you to consider what I am saying and to do what you can to try and save the governmental system that we are losing because, other than prayer, it is the only thing that I see that gives us any hope.

Jim Beers

17 December 2007

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– This article and other recent articles by Jim Beers can be found at http://jimbeers.blogster.com (Jim Beers Common Sense)

– Jim Beers is a retired US Fish & Wildlife Service Wildlife Biologist, Special Agent, Refuge Manager, Wetlands Biologist, and Congressional Fellow. He was stationed in North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York City, and Washington DC. He also served as a US Navy Line Officer in the western Pacific and on Adak, Alaska in the Aleutian Islands. He has worked for the Utah Fish & Game, Minneapolis Police Department, and as a Security Supervisor in Washington, DC. He testified three times before Congress; twice regarding the theft by the US Fish & Wildlife Service of $45 to 60 Million from State fish and wildlife funds and once in opposition to expanding Federal Invasive Species authority.

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