I recently came across this campaign and as I am a just a vegan and not an abolitionist vegan I happily participated (if you have no idea what I am talking about, please see the deabate @ https://emynow.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/a-debate-in-animal-advocacy-to-be-or-not-to-be-an-abolitionist/).
The message conveyed in this Animal Legal Defense Fund action can only be seen as encouraging. We live in a world where human rights are hard to monitor, so a Bill of Rights for nonhuman animals would be a phenomenon of note.
I am proud to say that South Africa has a Constitution that includes a Bill of Rights (for humans) as follows:
Bill of Rights
|Chapter 2Bill of rights (ss 7-39)
Yes, this is a photo of me when I visited Liverpool and stayed in a hotel called A Hard Days Night. I have even forgiven John Lennon for wearing a huge fur coat. It was in 1963 after all 😦
But this is the 21st century and nonhuman animals deserve basic legal rights. As the Animal Legal Defense Fund states, “animals are defenseless against exploitation and abuse by humans” and therefore need to be legally protected. The Animal Legal Defense Fund is a Northern American animal rights organisation that wants to show Congress that there is huge support for legislation that “protects animals and recognizes that, like all sentient beings, animals are entitled to basic legal rights in our society”. They plead:
Sign the Animal Bill of Rights! Animal Legal Defense Fund
I, the undersigned American citizen, believe that animals, like all sentient beings, are entitled to basic legal rights in our society. Deprived of legal protection, animals are defenseless against exploitation and abuse by humans. As no such rights now exist, I urge you to pass legislation in support of the following basic rights for animals:The Right of animals to be free from exploitation, cruelty, neglect, and abuse.The Right of laboratory animals not to be used in cruel or unnecessary experiments.The Right of farmed animals to an environment that satisfies their basic physical and psychological needs.The Right of companion animals to a healthy diet, protective shelter, and adequate medical care.The Right of wildlife to a natural habitat, ecologically sufficient to a normal existence and self-sustaining species population. The Right of animals to have their interests represented in court and safeguarded by the law of the land.