Governments are there to protect the basic
rights of their citizens. The basis of human rights is freedom and equality. We think
that we also have to draw a line for people who violate
the interests of animals. Rearing minks for their fur
is an even clearer example of rights violation than what
is happening in intensive cattle farming.
We expect politicians to realize the soul of their basic assumptions, whether they are Christian, social or liberal. All these basic assumptions are based on principles, which at heart also protect the freedom of individuals. Animals too should get this protection. We should expect politicians to stick to these principles in their policies, and put a stop to wrongs that cross a moral border. The question is whether politicians still take this task and their responsibility seriously.
As voters we should once again vote for politicians who know what morality entails and how this should be translated into policies. Of course we don't want to go back to the petty bourgeois (liberty limiting) morality that characterized our country until the seventies. We have to reassess that freedom and equality form the soul of morality and we have to make sure that the conclusion we take from it does not have a dogmatic character. We have to dare stand up for what remains.
MAHATMA (means "great Soul ")
GANDHI (1869-1948 Indian politician)