Under English Common Law, which is followed in almost every English speaking country, and under the Napoleonic Code, which is the basis of law in Civil Law jurisdictions, animals are considered to be personal property.
Our task is either to change the law or to change the system.
Changing the law will likely be even more difficult than it would be to overthrow the system. Property rights are almost sacred under capitalism, and ownership of animals is so accepted and ingrained in the law and in society that only revolution could forcibly end the concept.
Banning animal ownership would end the exploitation and killing industries. People would still have companion animals, but their legal status would be conservatorships, which would prevent people acting against the interests of the animals, just as guardians are required to act in the interests of children.
Hard for a guardian to maintain that slaughtering an animal is in its interest.
To change the law is almost a fool’s errand, but it may be the only errand open to us. Every state would have to adopt legislation that reversed hundred’s of years of legal decisions, precedents, and statutory laws regarding personal property. Or a constitutional amendment would need to be adopted. Neither approach is remotely likely to transpire.
The enormity of the opposition we face on the legal front is compounded by religious myths (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all maintain that God gave people “dominion” over animals) and by political and economic systems that value profits over compassion, business over ethics, and political expediency over everything.
Recognizing the problem and solving it are entirely different tasks, of course. And our analysis does nothing more than focus our attention on apparently insurmountable obstacles to Animal Rights.
Whatever our courses of action might be to change the law or the system, clearly they will require a substantial increase in our numbers. Animal Rights activists are such a tiny percentage of the population at present that there is little we could do, politically or through revolution, without growing the movement.
Growing the movement is as important as anything we do for animals in the present, perhaps much more so. Educating, recruiting, and organizing those sympathetic to animals is Job One for Animal Rights activists.
Ending the Animal Holocaust is the most important goal we have, a goal that will prove impossible without ending animal ownership by individuals and corporations.
Campaigns aimed at changing the law, whether or not they succeed, may be the most effective tools available to us to educate the public, recruit activists, radicalize our troops, and to grow the movement.
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