Wait, wait. You people just outlawed carnivorism.

Here comes a link from Landlady to further damage my calm…

State Supreme Court Finds Dogs Are “ Sentient Beings,” Not Mere Property, In Landmark Ruling

[T]he court granted legal significance to the dog’s “ sentient ”—his capacity to experience feelings, and pain.

“It is really a landmark ruling,” says Attorney Lora Dunn of the Animal Legal Defense Fund—which filed an amicus brief in this case, on behalf of the winning side. “In this specific context, the animal sentience matters.”

Find me an animal, from an earthworm to a gorilla, that can’t feel pain.

“A landmark ruling?” That’s a scary ruling. “Feelings and pain?” By that definition, the rabbits currently infesting my yard and the pork currently warming my stomach are or were sentient.

I recognize that the word has such wide meaning as to be essentially meaningless. But as far as I can tell, the Oregon court just outlawed meat-eating. And for that matter, the ownership of all animals.

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9 Responses to Wait, wait. You people just outlawed carnivorism.

  1. MamaLiberty says:

    The folks in Oregon have been doing and putting up with an awful lot of silly stuff… for quite a while. This seems to be in pattern.

    I know my dog is sentient (has senses and uses them). He got away and ran the neighborhood for a while the other day. Then he came home where I feed and take care of him. He’s not only sentient, he’s smart. But that doesn’t make him human.

  2. Judy says:

    Remember ET sitting in the garden and talking to the cabbages? Everything living feels pain. We going to outlaw eating?

  3. I live in Oregon. I eat meat. And my neighbors have this VERY annoying/constantly yapping all day dog which I would,, if I were just the teeniest bit lest civilized, I would gladly murder in a heartbeat,..

    Not her fault .. she’s left alone all day and I feel sorry for her.

    But I’m sleep-deprived, so I need NEED my mornings. Its usually the only time I get to sleep.

    My resolution: Just deal with it. If you don’t NEED to sleep, you won’t. (When I do need to sleep, I can’t help myself.)

  4. Zelda says:

    Jerry there’s a surgery for dogs called de-barking – I don’t know exactly what the vet does. It doesn’t stop the barking but lowers the volume to a whisper and makes a dog sound less yappy. Maybe if you offered to pay for it based on your sleep deprivation?

  5. Jeffersonian says:

    Does this mean Obama can finally be charged with murder?

  6. Robert says:

    “Find me an animal … that can’t feel pain.”
    I read somewhere that a fish lacks the nervous system needed to feel pain. Mmm, fishsticks.

  7. Jeffersonian says:

    There’s a libertarian webcomic:
    which, if I recall correctly, defined sentience as a being sufficiently self-aware to claim the status and to recognize and respect it in others. In the story, it was dealing with artificial intelligence, i.e. androids.

  8. jabrwok says:

    I dislike the word “sentient” simply because people use it to mean “sapient”. As others have noted, sentient simply means “having senses”. Sapient, on the other hand, means “self-aware, or aware of one’s own awareness”. There’s a qualitative difference between the two. But blurring important distinctions means more opportunities to control other people, so I don’t expect to see the tendency go away any time soon:-(.

  9. guffaw1952 says:

    So much for stopping in Portland for that t-bone!


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