Want to see a really vicious, bloody movie tonight? Go ahead. The U.S. Supreme Court says it’s okay. Oh, they don’t mean take in a Mel Gibson flick with gory make-up effects, they mean a film depicting a real, flesh-tearing, blood squirting dog fight.
The U.S. Supreme Court just overturned a 1999 law banning the creation and selling of films depicting animal cruelty, including dog fighting in an 8-1 vote. They used the ‘right-to-free-speech’ argument of course, but since when is our cherished right of ‘free speech’ allowed to override our nation’s even more basic sense of compassion and humanity? How can banning the promotion of such violence and cruelty against our canine companions even be seen as violating free speech? Isn’t the underlying premise of U.S. free speach, “Your rights end where my nose begins?” Why shouldn’t that apply to animal protections as well? I guess it falls in line with another recent Supreme Court ruling allowing giant corporations to throw endless amount of money to control our government campaign system. It seems that the right to make buck is more important than treating our fellow creatures with kindness or compassion.
That’s what it comes down to, folks. The right to make money. The current members of our Supreme Court are so heavily pro-business, that common sense humanity no longer plays a part in their decisions. That’s how this overturn came about in a discusting 8 to 1 vote.
Learn more about this decision
> Read the report by the Humane Society of the United States’ Wayne Pacelle.
> View the ABC News Tuesday broadcast piece
Write to your Congressional Representative, your U.S. Senator to demand that common sense legislation be re-introduced to protect dogs – all animals – from cruel and unusual punishment – and money driven exploitation.
Do it today! For the animals.
Woof for Now
Wrapping my arms around all things Dog.
My apologizes to my readers who were expecting their usual Wednesday Tail Wagger. This just seemed too important not to report. It will return next week.