Monday, 22 December 2014

Animals Rights and Fallacy of the Nonhuman Persons

This dubious and vexatious litigation makes a complete mockery of the whole concept of habeas corpus.  Moreover, it has absolutely nothing to do with animal welfare and everything to do with the political ideology of animal-rights.

It is rather depressing that the media does not seem to know the difference between animal welfare and animal-rights.  The most recent demonstration of this inability to tease these two issues apart appeared in the Green section of the Huffington Post website and relates to a story of an orangutan in Buenos Aires zoo lifted from the Reuters News Agency.     

Acting on legal overtures by the Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights (AFADA) using a habeas corpus petition, on 21 December 2014 the Argentinean High Court appears to have ruled that this animal is deemed to be a 'nonhuman person'.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Are the BBC dancing to the tune of the animal-rights activists?

 "We are very proud of Our Zoo and would like to thank all those involved...However, in order to create room for new shows and to keep increasing the range of BBC One drama we sometimes have to make hard choices and it will not be returning for a second series - BBC Spokesperson"

As reported in the last blog regarding the BBC television series 'Our Zoo', a number of animal-rights groups e.g. The Born Free Foundation, Captive Animal Protection Society and Wild Futures were very quick to lobby the Corporation over the use of trained animals in this series. These groups further insinuated that the company used to supply the trained animals for the series Amazing Animals had a record of cruelty. 

Whilst there is absolutely no evidence to support such claims it seems possible that the BBC has decided to collude with these groups and has cancelled a second series of this popular drama which viewed by 5 million people and was also nominated for two National Television Awards.