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Michelle Rosenthal

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The US constitution 13 amendment bans the condition of slavery. PETA is suing Sea World for enslaving Orcas. Do animals have rights in USA?

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are filing a lawsuit in US Federal Court charging that Sea World has been holding ORCAs as slaves in violation to the 13th amendment, enslaving them, forcing them to work for dead fish. PETA argues that the US Constitution 13th Amendment prohibits the condition of slavery. PETA claims "Slavery does not depend on the species of the slave any more than it depends on gender, race, or religion." Our understanding of animals grows every day. Animals should no longer be regarded as "things" to dominate, but as breathing, feeling beings with families, intellect, and emotions. The 13th Amendment exists to abolish slavery in all its forms—and this lawsuit is the next step. Please read about this precedent-setting lawsuit. Do you agree with its premise? Are all species covered by the 13 th Amendment or should they be? There are many industries that may be affected if a decision comes out against Sea World such as all zoos, horse race tracks, dog tracks, bull fights, rodeos etc.
Please see the documentary called Earthlings at www.Earthlings.com.

For the first time a political party for the Animals won representation in elections in the Neatherlands. See: http://www.partyfortheanimals.nl/

Have humans been enslaving and abusing animals, overeating them excessively almost to the point of extinction and with health consequences to humans as well? Many people shoot animals just for target practice, go angling, killing live animals to make hand bags, belts, ivory, throw rugs, fur, being very cruel to them with out regard for the fact that they are a living, breathing, feeling creature. Our factory farming process is barbaric.

Please see many of the videos on PETA.org There are much more humane ways to animal care. PETA advocates for a process called Controlled Atmosphere Killing as a more humane method for poultry.

TedTalk Growing Up In the Universe theorizes that all life on Earth has a common ancestor. Do u Agree?


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    Oct 26 2011: The 13th Amendment reads as follows:

    Passed by Congress January 31, 1865. Ratified December 6, 1865.

    Note: A portion of Article IV, section 2, of the Constitution was superseded by the 13th amendment.

    Section 1.
    Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

    Section 2.
    Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

    Section 1 forbids slavery and involuntary servitude except for punishment purposes for crimes. It was written at a time when slaves were considered property. The founders would laugh in derision at the PETA for filing a law suit to include animals under the 13th Amendment. They would also be horrified if a court heard it. Read carefully it did not fully out law slavery it was just used to confine convicted criminals. Likely the basis for our current jail system. If PETA wants to file lawsuits like this the will find that they are dismissed as silly law suits that tie up the courts docket. PETA has had a good history of protecting animals so I am not negative towards it. They are just wasting court time and judicial effort and we need the courts for more important things like judging cases for people. Animals are a more emotional issue than a legal issue. Would you like to be sued by PETA for keeping your dog fed, housed and taking care of it's health against it's will and who can decide the will of a dog? A law suit like this would set a very bad precedent in law. What is next house plants growing in a home against their will?
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      Oct 27 2011: PETA is actually opposed to house pets. They're an animal rights group gone way wrong.
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        Oct 27 2011: Right on beam. They have fooled the city of San Francisco into banning all pet shops and will soon have it free of all but "illegal pets" What do you want to bet they have pets. TO much time and not enough brains
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          Nov 2 2011: I haven´t heard about this pet shop ban in San Francisco - is it already in force? How is it working so far? I would love to hear more about that. I don´t usually agree with PETA but I totally agree that pet shops are something we can live without. If you want a pet, go to the shelter, as simple as that.

          On the other hand, PETA is making me furious almost every time I hear their new ideas and suggestions. I actually believe that they are one of the main reasons, why people like me gets little undertanding from the public. "I am a vegetarian and I believe in animal rights." Try to say this in a local pub. You´re gonna be laughed at. Because they only know all the PETA´s ridiculous campaigns.
          I am not trying to convert my meat-eating friens into vegetarians. When they ask me about my vegetarianism, I explain my reasons. If they are interested about animal rights, I´ll tell them about organic meat, free range chickens and eggs, sustainable fishing, send them some links, for example the TED talk "Graham Hill: Why I'm a weekday vegetarian". And then it is up to them.
          I am a vegetarian and I believe in animal rights. I support many organizations which are trying to save animals - whether it is a local shelter or organization saving endangered species in the wild.
          And you know what? PETA hates me, because I am not vegan...
    • Oct 27 2011: "PETA has had a good history of protecting animals"

      What about all the dogs that PETA euthanizes?

      I'd rather take my chances in a world without PETA.
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        Oct 28 2011: Yes I remember about that! Outrageous! Stole cats and dogs from an adoption center, only to put them down. Some of them would have been adopted. Looks like PETA is not ok with animal slavery but animal murder is fine. Uckfay PETA.

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