Human-Animal Violence

Humans use violence against animals all the time. The law rarely intervenes. But if an animal uses violence against a human, it is immediately executed without trial, no matter what the provocation. Further, any human who used violence to defend an animal against another human will be prosecuted as if the violence were unprovoked. He cannot use a variant of the self-defence excuse. The defence excuse is valid only when protecting an animal of the human species. Why the asymmetry? Humans believe they are superior to all other species and they are the only species deserving of legal projection. In a few cases, the law will intervene to protect salmon. But this is not because humans believe the salmon have any inherent right to life; killing salmon is considered equivalent to destroying some other human’s food.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)