Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Good discussion on animal rights on national talk radio today
Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Dennis Prager had a pretty good discussion on his show today about animal rights. It stemmed from a story about Buddhist monks whose temple has been infested by venomous red fire ants and how the the monks will not exterminate them because of their philosophy of "non-violence". I certainly don't agree with Prager on every issue ( he's a religious conservative and I'm a secular libertarian), but I do respect him as a critical thinker. As an agnostic leaning somewhat toward atheism, I take issue with Prager's notion that "secular thinking" or "secular values" leads to the idea that human life and animal life are of equal moral worth. Having said that, Prager does a pretty elegant job of exposing some of the people who subscribe to the equal moral worth dogma of animal rights, simply by letting them speak for themselves. The folly of some of the callers who support the human/animal moral equivalency idea is really quite priceless. You can listen here. Simply click on the listen icon under the "Humans v. Red Ants" title. Enjoy.