Saturday, 12 November 2011

Animal Cruelty

A Zoo in Canada will split gay penguins Buddy and Pedro. Canadian officials say the African penguins show signs of mating rituals and same-sex behavior usually seen towards females.

Now, homosexuality isn't my choice at all but - and I'm going to go out on a limb here - wouldn't forcing a gay penguin to mate with a female penguin be classed as 'cruelty to animals'?

Canada Criminal Code, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-46, s. 445(1)(a) states: "Every one commits an offence who wilfully causes or, being the owner, wilfully permits to be caused unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal or a bird."

Unnecessary pain or suffering? Surely forcing a gay penguin to go with a female penguin is covered.

So why is the Canadian zoo not being prosecuted under the law? In theory they could be looking at either 5 years in prison or a $10,000 fine.

But will anything happen? No. Because although, as a whole, mankind likes to think it has created laws to protect animals mankind can break these laws in the pursuit of saving these animals. But why do these animals need saving? Because mankind moved in on their territory and slowly destroyed it by drilling, building, and basically raping the land of anything worth while.

See the penguin species, these two gay penguins belong to, may be down to 225,000; but it is only down because mankind made it that way.

And now mankind is going to force these two penguins, who may have made a conscious decision, to mate with females against their will.

Animals are supposedly looked after by man - but only when it is in mankind's best interest. As a whole we need to remember that via evolution, or biblical creation, the animals were here before we came along. And as such they should be allowed to remain here when mankind is finally evicted from the Earth for screwing it up too much.

If the law, all over the world, can slowly move forward to more and more rights for gay and lesbian humans; shouldn't the same be said for gay and lesbian animals?

If mankind can make choices about their sexuality then surely the animal kingdom should be allowed to do the same also.

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