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Apr 23, 2011

Animal land rights, Farmers brace yourselves.

Cartoon; by Nicholson.

There are various ways that property rights are destroyed in this country. There is resumption where the property owner is forced to sell to the government. This is usually at what is called a fair price, but the fairness is according to the government’s definition. Some states are prepared to use this power to assist mining companies get access.

More common is the removal of sections of property rights by means of vegetation clearing laws, and other legislative processes which prevent the owner from developing his land or using water for irrigation and so on. Most of us are aware of the gross injustice done to Peter Spencer and hosts of others by the blanket bans on clearing carried out under the Kyoto Protocol.

Now Australian research lecturer Dr John Hadley from the University of Western Sydney (UWS) is calling for a system of land rights to be established for animals. This on the face of it is a patently ridiculous idea, but given that the Gillard government is desperately clinging to power with the assistance of independents and the Greens, nothing along these lines should be ignored.

Bob Brown is after all, the man behind the curtain pulling the levers.

This is an issue designed to appeal to the furry critter instinctive reflex of urban people many of whom are indoctrinated into believing that uncaring landholders are intent on wiping out all native wildlife in order to push this cause. Few of these people are aware of the realities of life outside the city limits.

Hadley said under his proposal, particular animals would be given legal property rights, and human guardians would be appointed to represent them in court, claiming giving animals legal ownership of their habitat might be the key to protecting biodiversity. He said people who wanted to modify habitat on their property would have to negotiate with guardians through an independent tribunal before taking any action.

Essentially, this means that any land management decision a landholder makes in the future if this were enacted would have to be approved by some radical green or animal rights activist. These are people who live in their own insular little world where nothing other than ideology and preconceived ideas are allowed to enter.

This could be one of the most insidious attacks on rural industry yet.

It is easy to shake your heads, maybe laugh at the stupidity of such an idea, but if you take the time to look at the track records of the two major parties there is reason for concern. Labor is in the pocket of the radical Greens, the Liberals will sell their grandmothers grave to get preferences (which never happens, but they are slow learners).

Nothing under the sun or moon is too bloody stupid to ignore.


  1. How can something fundamentally unable to express its rights or respect the rights of others be accorded property rights? The birds don't respect my property rights when they shit on my car. The bloody spiders I've spent half the summer flattening just invite themselves into our home without a by your leave. Anyway, wild animals don't need rights since they have something vastly better: liberty. Well, at least until something eats them, but ultimately that's been true for all life on earth since the first cell split down the middle and decided it was an idea worth repeating.

  2. I know the problem Angry. I have a green frog that is determined to make his home behind the lip around the toilet bowl. Have no bloody idea how he gets in there.

    It's a bit disconcerting when you are in the middle of a nice satisfying crap, and a cold green hand reaches out and feels your behind.

    Probably what its like to have Bob Brown around.

  3. Equal rights for animals under law doesn't work. In the Middle Ages animals were tried in court for various offences. Sometimes the judgement went in the animals' favour; "In Toulouse, in medieval France, a man was charged with having sex with his donkey. The man was hanged. But the donkey was spared, after impassioned pleas convinced the court that she was not a willing or compliant victim."
    "In ecclesiastical tribunals, whole communities of smaller animals, for example rodents and insects, were tried symbolically to call down divine retribution on them."
    The insects didn't always lose in Court, if for instance prior ownership of a field was established.

  4. It sounds like Dr. Hadley doesn’t have enough to do. Maybe he should be given something more productive to occupy his time, like teaching class or macramé. Idle hands are the Devil’s workshop.

    It seems to me the four legged are probably less of a concern to Hadley and his ilk than asserting control over the two legged who don’t live their lives as Hadley's bunch think they should.

  5. Just when you think they can't get any more insane...

    "We’ve got human rights, animal rights, … but what about the rights of Mother Earth? That’s right – Bolivia has just drafted a United Nations treaty giving "Mother Earth" the same rights as humans.

    The bid aims to have the UN recognize the Earth as a living entity that humans have sought to "dominate and exploit" — to the point that the "well-being and existence of many beings" is now threatened.

    Yes, I have very little faith in my fellow citizens/serfs and attribute them with dangerously high levels of stupidity, but every time I think they just can't possibly get any stupider they always manage to pull something like this out of the hat and surprise me.

  6. Hey Rich and Messes with Texas, welcome, I haven't met you before, great to have you here. Great lesson in history, I love it, and yes, its us the whole thing is set to control us. It reminds me of:

    “The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow. They come to be accepted by degrees, by dint of constant pressure on one side and constant retreat on the other - until one day when they are suddenly declared to be the country's official ideology.”- Ayn Rand.

    Bawb, old mate, I think we have been over this ground so many times that I guess we are coming to the realisation that there must really be no end to the depths of irrationality these idiots will sink to.

    I have to admit though, it is hard to see how much room there is left for them in the halls of crazy. As we both probably know deep down by now; we are probably about to find out.

  7. I was going to mention Switzerland and it's recognition of plant rights to dignity - no, I'm not making this up - but in the game of high stakes Stupidity Poker I think Bawb has already played the royal flush with Earth rights thing. What the hell were they thinking/ That because some people who clearly have rights are equally clearly as dumb as rocks, so it makes sense that rocks have rights too? 'Kinell!

  8. Its true as Texas Ranch For Sale that more universal is the deletion of segments of real estate privileges by employing vegetation making clear justice, and other legislative means which stop the holder from deducing his land or employing water for irrigation and so on. Most of us are mindful of the total injustice wrapped up toPeter Spencer and hosts of other people by the warm bed cover bans on making clear brought out under the Kyoto Protocol