Friday, April 14, 2006

Two Obvious Points: 1.) Nourishment isn't a sin and 2.) Nourishment of man is one of the purposes for animals.

The problem here, it seems to me, rests on how one uses the animal. If PETA is upset because animals are not slaughtered or tended in a humane way, then I would say they have a point. However, if PETA is upset merely because people eats animals, then they are barking up the wrong tree. Animals cannot have rights because they cannot fulfill attendant duties which come with those rights. In short, groups like PETA want to suggest that somehow man is simply more than a trousered ape. I beg to differ.

When was the last time you read a profound philosophical reflection from your cat about the angst of his existence? Or are you planning to put up the copy of the Mona Lisa painted by the dog on Ebay? Animals may deserve respectful treatment, but that is a long way from saying they are "just like us." The reason animals should get proper moral use comes from humanity's creation as co-creators, or more accurately, sub-creators with God.

Further, do the folks at PETA really expect me to take them serious because of their blasphemy? It is the peak of irony for them to hold a protest about meat eating on a day of abstinence in the Catholic Church. What this little protest suggests is that before they will respect the religious beliefs of Catholics and all Christians, we must bend the knee to their political ideology. Sorry, but I'll pass. One crown of thorns is more than enough in a lifetime.

As it goes whenever I see these articles, I think of our Lord's words from the Cross: "Pray for them for they know not what they do." Remember the members of PETA during your prayers today.

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