A Bill of Rights for Animals?

For those of you who didn’t know, today kicks off National Justice for Animals Week!

Started by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), February 22-28 is a week dedicated to raising awareness of animal abuse and to share information on how communities can come together to create and enforce tougher laws to protect animals.

As part of this week, the ALDF would like to send a message to Congress that we, the people, support legislation that protects animals and provides them with basic legal rights.

Enter the Bill of Rights for Animals, which would entitle animals to the following:

  • 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 farm 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.

These all seem to be fairly straightforward ideas. Unfortunately, from backyards to factory farming and labs, animals are still suffering and cases of abuse and neglect aren’t a scarcity.

That being said, it’s time to speak up for out voiceless friends and send a clear message to Congress that we want legal protection for animals. While it’s not an actual bill, hopefully someday it will be. It’s also something that legislators will certainly have to consider the next time a piece of legislation to protect animals passes through their hands.

As of today, there are 261, 659 signatures and counting. Just kidding, it’s 261, 686. 27 people signed in the time it took me to write this!

Please take a moment to add your name in support of the Bill of Rights for Animals, and be sure to spread the word to at least 500 of your nearest and dearest! 

 

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71 comments

Brenda Hixenbaugh
Brenda Hixenbaughabout a year ago

This is long over due and they should add the death penalty to this bill pf right : The right of animals to have justice for cruelty and death of the animal.

Francisco P.
Francisco P.3 years ago

How about a bill of rights for animals?Since the recorded beginning of the human race history for the last several thousand of years animals have unfortunately been treated as inferior all over the planet. Are animals really inferior to us?Are we really that superior to them? In which sense is the human race superior to them?I do agree that our abilities of constructing something go beyond theirs, or, actually, it is very different from theirs, but, what are we capable of building? Do we build faster than we can destroy or do we destroy faster than we can build?Animals, as we call them, kill for their main survival, while their counterpart, the human race, kills and destroys mainly for pleasure, we do even kill our own kind just for the main fact of the pleasure of possessing whatever he owns. Is it acceptable that we destroy our marvelous planet just for immoral, mundane, sarcastic pleasure? If we want to kill ourselves, we should go ahead, but we SHOULD at least let the rest of the living things be untouched. Would we like to be laboratory experiments for more developed beings? Definitely not. So the same way, we should realize that animals are not pleased at us for using them without their consentiment.We ourselves do not accept to be treated with indifference or to go through excruciating physical pain and suffering, because it is inhuman. But are we not inhuman when we are giving the other beings exactly what we do not wish to receive? Who is the real wild animal? Or

Francisco P.
Francisco P.3 years ago

How about a bill of rights for animals?
Since the recorded beginning of the human race history for the last several thousand of years animals have unfortunately been treated as inferior all over the planet. Are animals really inferior to us?
Are we really that superior to them? In which sense is the human race superior to them?
I do agree that our abilities of constructing something go beyond theirs, or, actually, it is very different from theirs, but, what are we capable of building? Do we build faster than we can destroy or do we destroy faster than we can build?
Animals, as we call them, kill for their main survival, while their counterpart, the human race, kills and destroys mainly for pleasure, we do even kill our own kind just for the main fact of the pleasure of possessing whatever he owns. Is it acceptable that we destroy our marvelous planet just for immoral, mundane, sarcastic pleasure? If we want to kill ourselves, we should go ahead, but we SHOULD at least let the rest of the living things be untouched.
Would we like to be laboratory experiments for more developed beings? Definitely not. So the same way, we should realize that animals are not pleased at us for using them without their consentiment.
We ourselves do not accept to be treated with indifference or to go through excruciating physical pain and suffering, because it is inhuman. But are we not inhuman when we are giving the other beings exactly what we do not wish to receive? Who is the real

Kimberly I.
Kimberly Ireland3 years ago

How about the right NOT to be dressed up by idiotic humans who think it's cute? Poor dog.....

J Roth
J Roth3 years ago

Hopefully, with the new scientific community recognizing animals have feelings and thoughts ,
May help to get laws passed.
Here's to hope.

Linda Jarsky
Linda Jarsky3 years ago

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
---St. Francis of Assisi

Linda Jarsky
Linda Jarsky3 years ago

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
---St. Francis of Assisi

Stella Nobrega-Garcia

Absolutely!

Georgia Armstrong
Georgia a.4 years ago

TO CHEYENNE R: I couldn't have said it better. I have a real problem understanding why people will get a cat or dog and then not take care of them. When you decide to adopt an animal, you should be prepared for all that goes along with it. Vet care, shots, spaying or neutering, good food, training, etc. If you can't or won't do that, do the animal a huge favor and let someone who will take the animal. It's best for all involved.

susan thornton
susan Thornton4 years ago

Thankyou Magyar G you are so right, besides we are all animals aren't we? and some of us don't deserve rights