Thinking in terms of freedom when dealing with animal
rights, has a number of consequences for farming, sport
and the ways in which we let pets be our companions:
these attitudes need to be curtailed.
*We would like best to see controlled hunting become
superfluous, by encouraging natural balance; possibly
by (re)introducing natural predators. By doing so it
is not necessary to discuss whether or not controlled
hunting should become forbidden.
**Keeping pets that were
not over-bred and able to behave naturally. In general
one could say that when it is a pet's choice -in sheer
freedom- to stay with someone, there can be nothing
wrong about keeping the animal as a pet.
***Wearing fur (in coats f.e.) is a different matter
than breeding fur-coated animals. To forbid people to
wear fur clothes goes too far, because in order to protest
against this derogation of their freedoms it may very
well enlarge the number of people who buy and wear fur.
Something similar applies to compelling people to eat
ecologically produced meat. In the interest of these
matters it is more useful to put pressure upon the
Intentionally no definition of freedom is given.
Freedom is a paradoxical concept: "freedom
defined is freedom denied".