USA - Animal Rights in the Courtroom

Arno Froese

A Connecticut law makes it the first state to provide animals with court-appointed advocates to represent them in abuse and cruelty cases, similar to laws that provide for victim's or children's advocates.

University of Connecticut student Taylor Hansen was the first of the advocates to testify in court, in a dogfighting case, alongside the approved law professor, Jessica Rubin.

“The animal advocates are an official party to the case,” the AP explains. “They can do investigative work prosecutors often don’t have time for, such as interviewing veterinarians and other witnesses. They also make arguments, write briefs and make recommendations to the judge.”

Advocates like Hansen are part of the emerging field of animal law. According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, nine law schools had courses in animal law in 2000; by 2015, that number was 151. That growth is due in part to a few deep-pocketed animal lovers. Former The Price Is Right host Bob Barker has donated $1 million to several law schools to create endowments for the study of animal-rights law. And last year philanthropist Jeff C. Thomas gave $1 million to Harvard Law School's Animal Law & Policy Program with the goal of helping farm animals.

-www.npr.org, 2 June 2017

Arno's commentary

We endorse protection of animals; cruelty should be punished according to the prevailing law.

Yet, there is a problem, as we can read in the introductory paragraph: “similar to laws that provide for victim’s or children’s advocates.” Placing animals on the same level as humans is a vital error. Genesis 1:26-27 reads: “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.” The animal world is distinctly different by creation from mankind, who was created in the image of God.

According to the American Pet Product Association (APPA), the pet food industry grew from 2010 figures of $48.35 billion to $69.36 billion in 2017. Yet the website About Missions (AM) states that the US spent $5.2 billion on missionary projects. While we realize that pets are not worshiped, there is a detectable undercurrent of emphasizing the creation more than the Creator.

When Moses went into the presence of the Lord, we read in Exodus 32:1: “And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.” What was the result? Verse 4 documents: “And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.”

Israel, who rebelled against the tribe of Judah, saw their salvation in a manmade image: “Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt” (1 King 12:28).

Those who believe in the religion of evolution are attempting to show that animals are equal to man. But that’s impossible, because man alone consists of spirit, soul, and body, while the animal does not have a spirit, but only a soul and body.

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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