Human Events reports that the British Labour Party had managed to identify and serve the ultimate left constituency: the invertebrates.
But all this goes beyond jokes, liberal politicians in America, too, are working hand-in-glove with Animal Rights extremists to introduce covertly in the guise of animal welfare protection a range of artful provisions subjecting pet owners to warrant-free supervision by self-appointed animal guardians and erecting a regime of expensive and impractical care requirements that would eliminate private dog breeding and the keeping of packs of hounds.
Yes, it really is now a criminal offense in Britain to abuse an ant, a worm, a slug, cockroach, a scorpion, a stick insect or whatever creature you care to name. The moment you decide to keep it as a pet you are obliged by our Animal Welfare Act to take full account of its welfare needs — or face a $30,000 fine or a twelve-month prison sentence.
And if you think cockroach rights sound crazy, wait till you hear how the law applies to the way you keep your dog or your cat. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) — one of the numerous, busybody branches of our socialist New Labour administration — recently issued guidelines to pet owners clarifying the law.
You risk prosecution if:
— You fail to groom your long-haired dog or cat once a day.
— You feed your dog from the table.
— You use your hands or feet when playing with your cat (as this may encourage aggressive behavior).
— You fail to provide every cat in your household with its own litter tray (even if the cat has access to a garden).
— You try to make your cat vegetarian by denying it meat.
None of these provisions is in itself a criminal offense, a DEFRA spokesman has explained helpfully. But failure to comply with several of them â€œmay be used in evidence to support a prosecution for animal cruelty.â€
Hat tip to the News Junkie.