SWITZERLAND - Fundamental Constitutional Rights for Monkeys

Arno Froese

A Swiss region will ask citizens to vote on a proposal to incorporate the fundamental rights of primates into their constitution, after the supreme court ruled the text was permissible. 

The proposal, launched by an animal rights activist group called Sentience Politics in 2016, called for an amendment to the constitution in the northern half-canton of Basel City to include “fundamental rights to life for non-human primates.”

The animals are “highly complex beings, possessing an intrinsic, essential interest in living a life of bodily and mental integrity,” the group said.

“Non-human primates need to be protected by fundamental rights which guarantee that their essential interests are respected,” it said, pointing to a right to life, as well as to physical and mental integrity.

Campaigners collected the required 100,000 signatures needed to put basically any issue to a popular vote in Switzerland’s famous direct democratic system.

In Switzerland, which stages popular votes and referenda at the national, regional and local levels every few months, it can take years from the time such initiatives gather the necessary signatures until they make it onto the ballot.

-www.thelocal.ch, 17 September 2020

Arno's commentary

This most unusual proposal to grant animals fundamental constitutional rights is typical of Switzerland—the country that prides itself as the richest, freest, and most secure on planet earth. But there are unanswered questions; for example, how to categorize animals such as chickens, cattle, pigs, etc. And, to what extent should those animals, which are raised for consumers, have fundamental constitutional rights?

What is the real reason? Plain and simple, a re-confirmation of evolution. Virtually all higher educational institutions the world over teach evolution as a scientifically reliable theory; others consider evolution as fact, yet without factual science.

What does the Bible say? “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Genesis 1:26-27). Only man consists of a trinity, spirit, soul, and body. Animals have no spirit, but they do have a soul and a body, while vegetation has only a body. Thus, vegetation was the first food for mankind.

We know that after the fall and expulsion of Adam and Eve from paradise, they had two sons. One was a shepherd, the other a tiller of the ground. It must be presumed that Abel’s sheep were also for meat, but the actual eating of animals is first recorded in Exodus 12:8: “And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.” That’s the Passover Lamb. Later, in Leviticus, the distinction is made between clean and unclean animals. Thus, clearly, animals are for food and may be eaten freely. As a matter of fact, in the New Testament, it says: “Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake” (1 Corinthians 10:25). 

Thus, Switzerland’s proposed law to protect fundamental constitutional rights for animals stands in direct opposition to God’s designated food sources.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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