When we extend our
point of view to industrial farming, it inevitably
has to be concluded that intensive, industrial farming
and the export of its products will have to be given up.
When animal rights are being established legally, then it must be possible
to enforce such rights.
Without such a possibility, a right has no value.
The legal position of an animal ought to be comparable to the position of a child. Some sort of institute that can be compared with the national societies for child protection, should be given the authority to actually intervene when the well-being of the animal is in danger. The legal representatives of animal interests should be able to act more vigorous. Now they have to await developments and prove that well-being is at stake, while the fatal border has since long been crossed. Also when far in advance it can be predicted that the animal will start to suffer as a consequence of an extreme limitation of its freedom, even then it is not permitted to intervene.
The impression is created that the government
wants to withdraw
itself from its responsibility.
Of course we realize that handling a notion such as freedom requires further completion and realization before it can become applicable in legal practice. The extensibility of the notion "freedom" is, however, no plea against its inclusion in the law or a reason to call for postponement, but on the contrary it adds a challenge. Once the limitations of animal freedom have been laid down in the law, it becomes easier to confirm any case of depriving an animal of its freedom.
In nature, freedom of movement for animals is innate
for several million years. Apart from man there is hardly
any other creature that takes
away the freedom of an other creature (for such
a long period of time and in such extreme ways), in
order to make it serve as a consumption-article in the