Does the Constitution not Read "We the People . . ."?
Today, in the U.S. District Court in San Diego, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) will file a lawsuit asking for Constitutional Rights for an animal. Specifically, PETA will ask for the 13th Amendment, prohibiting slavery and involuntary servitude, apply to five specific killer whales performing at Sea World. PETA will claim that the Amendment doesn't specify that only humans can be victims.
However, this crack legal team - in their analysis - appears to ignore the first three words of the U.S. Constitution which reads: “We the People . . .” It does not say, “We the whales,” nor does it say “We the Animals.” Moreover, the illogical reasoning of PETA presents a larger fundamental problem in that who determines what is best for these killer whales? Is it PETA the de-facto Guardian ad litem for all killer whales? And if so, could PETA have a conflict of interest in representing one killer whale's interest against the other four killer whales' interests. And what about the Guardian ad litem for the sardines and squid that these killer whales eat?
And if PETA wins this lawsuit, what is next? The Second Amendment and the right for bears to bear arms? And if so, would surgeons need to remove the paws of bears and replace them with human hands so they could pull the trigger? As you can begin to see from a legal perspective this filing of THIS lawsuit is completely inane!
My three year old little boy knows what is a “People” and what is not a “People.” God bless us all that no judge will have to even consider these inane arguments, now or in the future, as the Constitution is for Us the People.