Imagine a US Ambassador to Libya being brutally killed by raving mad lunatics claiming that they had seen a video made by an American in which The Prophet was insulted.
Now imagine the US State Department condemning the video, arresting the American man who made the video, and stating that there are limits to our right to free speech.
Does anyone truly believe that the crazies who committed this heinous crime will be less prone to kill other Americans because we curtail our freedom of speech?
Now imagine raving mad lunatics who hate animal agriculturalists with the same vigor. They want to kill our livelihoods and decapitate everything that allows us to exist. They equate animals with humans. Their goal (most of the time unstated) is to stop animals being used for any purpose – meat, milk, eggs, clothing, beasts of burden, pets, research. “A boy is a dog is a rat is a pig,” and all that.
Further imagine industry representatives essentially apologizing for our existence. Desperately pandering to the terrorists, trying to convince them that we are good and caring. Screaming in a vacuum about our efficiency and improved animal welfare and adherence to regulations and how nice we are. Envisage our “industry” condemning a producer who is caught on undercover tapes, distancing themselves from and isolating that rancher or farmer. This guy has paid his dues to the “industry,” and yet, when the heat is on, that “industry” is condemning him rather than vehemently defending him.
Does anyone truly believe that the crazies who equate rats with boys will be less intent upon destroying animal agriculture?
In the name of the “common good” or “society” or “industry,” fundamental freedoms are being eroded. Our ability to produce in future depends upon a fierce and unapologetic defense of our natural rights of life, liberty and property. Nowhere is this more important or more obviously so than in agriculture.
We can say that in the case of the Libyan ambassador above, freedom of speech is at the core.
I may disapprove of what you say. But I’ll defend to the death your right to say it. – Evelyn Beatrice Hall in her biography of Voltaire
In the case of environmental and animal welfare legislation and regulation, private property is at the core.
I may not agree with what you do on or with your private property. But I will defend to the death your right to do it. – iloveag
If animals are not private property, then what are they? We – the productive members of society – must be very clear on this fundamental point. Without sanctity of private property, our society will crumble. If we concede – even a tiny bit – that someone else has the right to tell us what we can and cannot do on or with our private property, we open a tiny hole that will one day lead to a huge dam breaking.
I just hope it’s not too late.