Thursday, February 24, 2005

Rights for Animals and Some Humans in Europe

In the Netherlands, politicians from both left and right support a motion to expand our constitution with a bill of rights for animals. The German constitution already contains a clause about animal welfare, they say.

Of course, animals can’t have human rights, but do humans have human rights in Europe? That depends which humans are meant. Article 5.1 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) states:

Everyone has the right to liberty and security of person. No one shall be deprived of his liberty save in the following cases … (e) the lawful detention of persons for the prevention of the spreading of infectious diseases, of persons of unsound mind, alcoholics or drug addicts, or vagrants.

Article 8.2 of the same convention states:

There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right [to respect for a person's private and family life, home and correspondence] except such as is ... necessary ... for the protection of health or morals ...
Perhaps animal “rights” will soon be better protected than humans’?


At 10:35 AM, Blogger Lee Killough said...

My kitten Jenni will be pleased to hear that.


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