Originally Posted by kevinshorses
Part of freedom is the freedom to make poor choices. If I breed crappy horses and sell them for meat it doesn't directly effect you or your horses. Socialism and communism are about control. The government doesn't much care what they control so long as they get as much as possible. Our freedoms protect us from the slaughtering of unwanted people. As our freedoms are erroded and our constitution is trampled we come closer to the type of government that would alloow the slaughter of "unwanted" people. Cambodia, Russia, China most of South America at one time or another have all fallen prey to progressivism in the name of security.
I agree with you IF your poor choice affects you. If you want to do herion, I say...have at it...it is you that will be affected....and if you suffer, the state has no right to take property from anyone to assist you. However, if you want to affect an innocent animal, no - the state has a moral and ethical obligation to step in. If someone in the next state beats their child to near death, it directly affects me and my children none at all....but it should be and is illegal. Furthermore, when the constitution was written, horses were very valuable and not bred willy nilly. Machinery changed that. Machinery can easily make you - dead weight, too. Playing God is not a freedom I can find in the constitution....in fact, it guarantees me freedom from those that want to play God. I simply feel the basic rights should be extended to horses. That hardly makes me socialist, something I have never been accused of in my life. But, hey, there is always a first time.