Category Archives: Animal Welfare

Animal “Rights” or Animal Welfare? A Libertarian Perspective

This discussion is solely about the use, or rather misuse, of the term “Animal Rights”. It’s a term thrown around quite frequently from my fellow vegetarian, and anti-vivisectionist, anti-hunting, animal welfare fanatics. This discussion is about a point of accuracy, but it also allows one to point out the inaccuracy of the term “Animal Rights”, for animals don’t have “Rights” according to Libertarian doctrine. To have Rights, they would have to have Human Consciousness, and the Inalienable Rights Thomas Jefferson spoke of in the Declaration of Independence can only pertain to the Human Being (or possibly, he being the closest in the animal kingdom to human consciousness, the Gorilla). You must have the intellect of a Human to apprehend the Inalienable Rights that are an implicit part of Human Consciousness. Only we humans know, instinctively, in the Justice and necessity of the Inalienable Rights, which are the Right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, the Right to Contract freely with any other human on any terms mutually agreeable, the Right to the Fruits of your Labor, the Right to Associate, or Disassociate, with or from others, and because the Right to the Pursuit of Happiness necessitates and implies the Right to Private Property, since you need to own all kinds of implements to survive as a human being, from the car to the roof to the fridge to your clothes and toothbrush —- all these must one be able to own individually, not as part of a collective, or not at all, as in the communist societies where the State owns everything in your house, and the house itself. And Private Property includes the Right to exclude all others from your property, since if someone invades or takes your property, and retains possession, then obviously you don’t actually own that property. Private Property implies an individual’s complete dominion over that property.

So in speaking of Rights, we can only speak in terms of Human Inalienable Natural Rights, which can only appertain to  Human Consciousness.

Therefore, the term “Animal Rights” is a Libertarian inaccuracy and falsehood. I believe my fellow anti-animal torture advocates should  instead always use the term “Animal Welfare”.

If anyone has a Right, it is we, who have a Right to live in a society that does not tolerate highly sensitive animals, with a consciousness and innocence comparable to a small child, being slaughtered  and terrorized daily, in the numbers of the hundreds of thousands and million, in the United States alone.

For it is One, the vegan or vegetarian Libertarian, who has the Right to live in a society that does not permit animals to be treated in such abominable ways, just as one has a right to live in a society that does not tolerate cannibalism, rapine, and child murder. Common Law courts based on Natural Law know instinctively that these are Crimes and have traditional codes of punishment that purport roughly to fit the severity of the Crime. And we know this because of our inborn Human intelligence. In a Libertarian Society, there might be no government but there would still be Law, and Common Law courts would administer justice accordingly, as they did in England before the Norman invasion, and as they did in the American Indian tribes, and as is done in the various religious courts of the major organized religions.

Therefore, I urge all those campaigning for “animal rights” to desist in the use of that term and to begin using the term “animal welfare” instead, or an equivalent that they prefer. And I urge them to point out to the Public that it is we, the Human Beings, who have the Right to live in a society that does not tolerate animal slaughter, animal torture, and other abuses like zoos and circuses.

Animal welfare is an issue that cuts across all party lines. Whether you are a Libertarian, Democrat, Republican, or non-Affiliated, you can usually see eye to eye on many Animal Welfare issues with your fellow animal welfarers, and any politician who includes the sort of radical planks for animal welfare such as outlawing hunting and trapping, and slaughterhouses, as I did in my 2014 campaign for Governor of Oregon, will gain a certain constituency because he is the only one speaking out on this issue. Ask for it all, don’t compromise and merely ask for more humane methods of mass butchery. Be radical in your demands. But insist they be passed by a democratic vote of the people, not merely by the legislature, or unilaterally ordained by the Governor.

Professor Murray Rothbard, the founder of the Libertarian Party in the U.S., and who loved his ham sandwich on wonder bread, when the topic of Animal Rights was brought up, used to quip a bit contemptuously (and followed by his famous infectious giggle), “Animals will have their Rights when they petition the government for them.” (Rothbard’s economic-historical lectures were full of little jokes and humor, a lot of which he laughed at himself.)

But since the Animals can’t petition the government themselves, it’s up to us Human Beings to do it for them. And the only two petitions the government really cares about are the Vote and the economic Boycott, both Libertarian non-violent tools of change.

—- Paul Grad, Vegan Libertarian, Libertarian Party of Oregon Nominee for Governor 2014

Socialism and Meat-Eating Lead to Fascism

It’s amazing how ignorant the Left is, and how in their complete blindness they have brought about the conditions that lead to Fascism. They are calling the President a Fascist, but they never called Obama a Fascist when he behaved like one, and that is why they now have Trump.

The Left is completely blind to the parallels that exist between Germany in the 1920s under the Social Democrats, who were Socialists very much in the vain of the modern U.S. Democratic Party, and the current drift in American politics. They fail to see that in their coercive overthrow of Jeffersonian property rights (mainly in the form of taxation, but also in heinous assaults against individual rights such as the “shared responsibility” penalty for not buying corporate medical insurance under Obamacare), they laid the groundwork for the Fascists to violate those same rights with impunity.

They also fail to see that the inflation they have caused, by doubling the national debt from under $10billion when Obama took office to almost $20billion when he left, is having the same destabilizing effect on American society as the German inflation had on the Germany of the 1920s. Inflation brought Hitler to power, and inflation has, in large part, helped bring Trump into the White House. But that inflation was seeded by Obama and the bipartisans in Congress. Only the Libertarians have spoken out in opposition.

I noticed, in the two dull Bernie Sanders speeches I wasted my time watching, that there was not one word about the massive spending of the military-industrial complex driving the deficits and inflation, but much talk about “the 1%”. Sanders, in his narrow ideological mind, likes to think a tiny minority of capitalists are responsible for all of society’s ills. But it is really the pea-brain mentality of Leftists and Liberal Democrats like Sanders, who never call out the monumental governmental waste inherent in building useless military hardware which is highly inflationary, who have no inkling of the real problem.

This overthrow of Individual Property Rights inherent in Socialism, combined with the callousness and violence to which widespread meat-eating inevitably leads, has brought Donald Trump into the White House, to the horror of those who saw no horrors (or were blind to them) in Ms. Rodham.

Moreover, the laziness of the Left and the Liberals in understanding Jeffersonianism and Austrian Economics means that fools are creating and enforcing policy, based solely on whether it fits into their preordained list of Liberal causes. Minimum wage law is a perfect example. The minimum wage itself, and constant calls to increase it, have been standard Liberal causes for many years. Yet few Liberals every reflect that minimum wage laws violate the Inalienable Right to Contract. If two people willingly agree to a wage, but the State intervenes and says that such an agreement is illegal, the State has aggressed against the inalienable Rights of the two individuals. And for well-fed, prosperous Liberals and Leftists to tell a man who is completely destitute of money, who is willing to accept a wage he has been offered, and who might even like the work he has been asked to perform, that he cannot work for less than a certain wage seems to me the height of haughty callousness. Minimum wage laws have devastated the lives of millions of poor young Blacks and Latinos, who have effectively been kept out of the workforce by absurdly high minimum wage levels, designed to neutralize labor competition that would lower the level of union wages. The racist unions are exploiting the minimum wage law to crucify Black, Latino, and poor White youth, who have no way of gaining any income except to engage in that primitive form of free-market capitalism known as drug-dealing. And then the Liberals create draconian drug prohibition laws, which enables them to imprison the very same youths they are exploiting through the minimum wage laws.

And Liberals have wholeheartedly support this tyranny for decades.

The Liberals, and anyone else gnashing their teeth over the Trump victory, should remember their own silence in the face of the suffering of all those youths whose lives were ruined because of minimum wage laws, and compulsory attendance laws which forced them to attend the rotten government schools. And the Liberals should remember their silence as the screaming animals they eat were herded into the slaughterhouses, day and night, and they cared not a whit about their suffering and terror.

Because of their indifference to the cause of Jeffersonian Rights adumbrated in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, and because of their indifference to the suffering of the animals they butcher by the billions every year, the Liberals — and everyone else — may end up with the Fascism that they have brought about under Obama, but which they always verbally condemn.

The Liberals were mum in the face of Obama’s Fascism, as they cheered and promoted Socialist programs, and stuffed themselves with dead pigs and birds. Now they will face the rule of President Trump.

—Paul Grad, Libertarian Party of Oregon Gubernatorial Nominee 2014

Walter J Palmer: The Lion Murderer Walks Free

Walter J Palmer of Minnesota, the sadistic serial animal-murderer of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe, has gotten away yet again with his Crime, as the government of Fascist Dictator Robert Mugabe, which makes a fortune off of letting the country’s animals be butchered for money, said Palmer had done nothing illegal.

If you had a pet cat for thirteen years and somebody shot an arrow into its hip, pursued the suffering animal for 40 hours, and then shot it so that it slowly died, while filming the blood slowing oozing from the mouth of your dying pet — what punishment would you decree for such a person, and what punishment would you decree for a government that says it would be legal? Whatever punishment you’d decree for someone who did that to your pet, that is what Walter J Palmer deserves.

Palmer and his fellow sadistic trophy hunters are the scum of the Human Race. These Human Vermin are a curse on the planet that must be expunged by making hunting illegal, and then jailing the Criminals for Life, or executing them. Since I’m opposed to Capital Punishment, I’d favor the cages.

But equally guilty with Walter J Palmer is Fascist Dictator, Torturer, and Murderer, Robert Mugabe, and the other national governments of the world that permit trophy hunting, or any kind of hunting. Nor is the problem just hunting, but the cruel, sadistic way in which human beings treat animals all over the world.

So it is not only Walter J Palmer who is guilty, although he is the most immediate sadist and the one who has committed these atrocities. Merely because these murderers hide behind the diaphanous skirts of immoral “laws”, it does not make their actions moral. Trophy Hunters, and all hunters, are Nazis to the animals.

But to put the guilt solely on Palmer is to exonerate all the other animal abusers in society, many of them who could not even bring themselves to strike an animal. These are all the meat eaters who put animals through a living hell from the moment they’re born to the moment of their violent murders. Slaughter houses are nothing but mass animal-child murder centers, and they exist throughout the world by the hundreds of thousands, and 98% of the Human Beings don’t say a word against it, or even think about their part in paying to have animals murdered so they can eat their carcasses. They are just as guilty as Palmer.

And then there are the vivisectionists, keeping monkeys in cages for years, torturing them in useless but highly profitable (for them) experiments, and torturing countless mice, rats, cats, dogs, and every kind of primate.

Add to that the zoos, marine parks, dolphin murdering Japan, whale-murdering Japan, whale-murdering Norway and Iceland, American rodeos, horse-racing, the beagle torture facilities in England,the bear-baiters of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and all the single raisers of pigs, goats, sheep, lambs, who murder them themselves on “family” farms throughout the world, the South Korean dogmeat market, where dogs are blow-torched to death to “improve the flavor”, the Chinese Dog-meat festival, where 10,000 dogs were murdered and eaten within three days, fox hunting in both Irelands, and bull fighting in “civilized” France and Spain… this is the record of Man’s depravity in the current “civilized world”.

But there is a counter-wave. In Tel-Aviv last week occurred the largest Animal Welfare demonstration in Israeli history, when an estimated 10,000 marched against animal murder and torture. Last year the number was 5,000. Five years ago it was 50, showing that a dedicated minority can spread Truth as fast as Sam Adams’ “Brushfires of Liberty”.

And each person can do their part by becoming vegan, agitating to outlaw hunting, running for office on an Animal Welfare platform, voting against politicians who are indifferent to, or support, vivisection and hunting, boycotting hunter’s businesses and avoiding any social contact with them, protesting at circuses, and passing legislation outlawing zoos, rodeos, etc. There is a vast amount that can be done.

But the Criminal and Human Garbage, Walter J Palmer of Minnesota will walk free, and live to sadistically murder again, and Robert Mugabe will continue to rake in the dollars in the Zimbabwean hell he has created, because the publics of America, the U.K. Ireland, and Europe will say nothing, and continue to vote in politicians indifferent to animal sadism like Barack Obama, David Cameron, and Angela Merkel.

But in the minds  of millions in the Court of Public Opinion, the murderers and their enablers  will be adjudged “Guilty!”.

As far as Walter J Palmer of MN and the other trophy hunters of the Earth, bringing their horror and misery to every corner of God’s Creation, I wish them as horrible a death as Cecil experienced. They are the dripping anus of the Human Race.

— Paul Grad, Libertarian Nominee for Oregon Governor, 2014