Yesterday’s Orange County Register ran an op-ed from CCF’s Director of Research warning readers of an ongoing effort by local food activists to get their anti-meat dogma written into law. Under the tutelage of the $100 million-plus Humane Society of the United States, California animal rights protestors have started gathering signatures for a proposed ballot measure restricting how farmers can house their animals. As we point out in our piece, if passed, this apparently innocuous measure would serve as a legal foothold for increasingly invasive restrictions on meat eating:
Activists may start out agitating for roomier calf, hog and poultry cages, but their real goal is the end of all animal agriculture, including small family farms…
Give them an inch, and they’ll take a mile. And in this case, the animal activists’ chicken proposals alone could triple the cost of supermarket eggs.
It’s possible to be a decent human being without signing a save-the-chickens petition. And kindness to animals – actual flesh-and-blood creatures – is a good thing. Volunteer at your local shelter. Adopt a cat. Get your dog spayed or neutered. Feed your fish.
But recognize that extending human "rights" to animals is a truly crazy notion. It’s possible to be so open-minded that your brain falls out.
Click here to read the whole thing.