Do animals have rights or do we confer them?

The Swiss have decided not to give animals lawyers. This raises an interesting question. All moral questions are either raised by humans or about humans. This is profound, especially in light of the fact that the natural world is rather brutal, and that is the way of things. The weak are eaten by the strong. One organism survives at the expense of another. That is true of all organisms to some degree. Yet we all make exceptions for people. Why? I believe it is part of the inescapable reality of the image of God. The difference between people and animals is more profound that our location on the food chain. Humans have distinct value because they are like God.

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