The French News Agency (Agence France-Presse) reports that effective September 1, 2008 a new law took effect in Switzerland, that specifies how all domestic animals are to be treated. http://www.worldnetdaily.com/ has the story.
It seems that this law does not only apply to Fido and Tabby (which we would normally think of as domestic pets), but the new rights extend to some other animals. In fact, it applies to pets, farm animals, wild animals in zoos and circuses, and animals used in experiments. The new law even bans "catch and release" fishing. It stipulates that hamsters, goats, and sheep should not live alone, and that pigs have the right to a shower. (You can't make this stuff up).
The new law spells out in detail how all domestic animals must be treated. For example, your goldfish is now entitled to death with dignity. Live goldfish may not be flushed down the toilet, but must be first knocked out and then killed before the body can be disposed. I've never known anyone who has flushed a live goldfish, although I am relatively sure that it has probably been done on occasion. But is this a real problem?
Granted, this law was enacted in Switzerland, but are we in America far behind? I'll be the first to ask that the lives and safety of pets should be protected. Only a low life of the first water would harm a defensless animal. However, how far out of kilter are we in this present culture? We have laws to protect whales, spotted owls, snail darters, etc. A man went to jail a couple of years ago in Cabell County, WV, for dragging a stubborn mule down a country road with his pick up truck. He should have. However, when did we get things so turned around that domestic and farm animals have human like rights, and the most innocent among us (the unborn, partially born, and just born humans) are afforded no rights whatsoever?
Each year in America, more than 4,200 of our precious unborn children are slaughtered in what should be the safest place on earth - their mother's womb! Their lives are snufffed out and their beating hearts are stopped in the name of "choice" and "reproductive rights".
How crazy is this?