(This blog originally posted on 2/20/2005.)
Mary Ruwart address animal cruelty in a civilized society.
Someone said using property rights principles for animal ownership was a "slippery slope", presumably because it left other people unable to legally act in the face of blatant cruelty. (And, one can assume, in the face of any pet treatments your neighbor doesn't like).
But then they turned around and said they wanted the right to treat their animals as they saw fit.
DANGER, Ms. X, DANGER!
Beware gentle readers, wanting the right to govern yourself AND govern your neighbors is the same thing as saying your neighbors (us) shouldn't have any rights at all!
Read L. Neil Smith's Treatise "Animals Are Property".