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What the ban on slaughtering cats and dogs says about our legal system

December 31, 2018

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Source Free From Harm
By Robert Grillo

Last week Trump signed into law the 2019 Farm Bill which included a provision for banning the slaughter of dogs and cats for meat in the U.S. Let’s put aside the fact that it is a cultural taboo to eat cats and dogs in the U.S. and therefore the market for dog and cat meat is essentially nonexistent. I would instead like to direct our attention at what this law reveals about our legal system which we should not overlook: it is an embarrassing reminder that laws can be illogical and can even institutionalize prejudice and oppression of some over others.

A ban on exploiting cats and dogs for food begs a bigger question:

If it’s wrong to exploit and kill puppies and kittens for palate pleasure and profit, then how is it justifiable that the very same Farm Bill allocates billions of our tax dollars to assist in the ruthless exploitation and slaughter of other species (namely chickens, turkeys, cows, and pigs) who are at least as sentient and capable of suffering as cats and dogs?

How can a law be considered just if it punishes billions of individuals just for being born the “wrong” species — a fact over which they have no control — and therefore dooms them to a terrible fate?

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with all our technosavvy ways…
it seems so many humans are
in a daze
wrapped in all their this that
and then…
we need kindness STAT
if not now,

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

5 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    December 31, 2018 9:36 am

    with all our technosavvy ways…
    it seems so many humans are
    in a daze
    wrapped in all their this that
    and then…
    we need kindness STAT
    if not now,

    Liked by 1 person

  2. January 1, 2019 1:46 am

    Wishing you a very happy New Year Stacey, with hopes for a much better one for our nonhuman brothers and sisters. Thank you for all your work for them x

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 1, 2019 4:19 pm

      Thank you so much, my brave and dear friend. Many wishes and much gratitude to you, too, with my sentiments and hopes as well. ❤


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