Repeat After Me: Animals Do Not Have "Rights"
By definition, in fact, animals cannot have rights. Protections? Certainly. Rights? Impossible. This doesn’t stop the Nicholas Kristofs of the world from blathering on about such “rights”, and lauding the election of Comrade Obama as being another step forward in the accumulation of such “rights” for critters. One clue the article is suspect is that Kristof manages to quote John Maynard Keynes and Peter Singer in the same piece; to his credit, I guess, Kristof doesn’t come down on the PETA extreme. Still, Walter Kaiser argues that what we’re seeing is the logical ramifications of jettisoning belief in the imago Dei:
Animal Rights and Imago Dei