PragerU’s Will Witt visited Echo Park in Los Angeles recently to gather signatures for two petitions. The first was to protect preborn eagles. The second was to protect preborn humans. PragerU found that people actually believe preborn eagles should have more rights than preborn humans. An opinion that seems to be becoming more popular.
A 2015 Gallup Poll found that the number of Americans who believe animals should have the same rights as people has increased. In 2008, 25 percent of Americans believed animals should have the same rights as people. By 2015, that number had risen to 32 percent. What’s most disturbing, however, is that the PragerU videoed found people think animals should have more rights than humans – specifically the right to life.
Americans love animals and treat their pets as children. Meanwhile, actual children are being treated as disposable. They are being killed by the thousands on a daily basis. Their bodies are being used for research (a no-no for animals according to animal rights organization PETA) or simply discarded with the medical waste. It’s abhorrent, but as G.K. Chesterson wrote in “On Seriousness,” the two go hand in hand:
Wherever there is Animal Worship there is Human Sacrifice. That is, both symbolically and literally, a real truth of historical experience.
This is played out before our eyes in PragerU’s latest video:
The people featured in the video were happy to sign petition number one to protect preborn eagles, but when it came to preborn humans they wanted nothing to do with saving them.
One woman said, “Yes of course” to signing the eagle petition. “Don’t kill eagles. Eagles are people too.” But when it came to protecting preborn humans she replied, “I don’t agree with that… I’m pro-abortion. Sorry.” Apparently preborn people aren’t people too. She said she would protect eagles and not humans because “eagles aren’t raped.” A common pro-life argument against abortion is that if we did see animals – like eagles – attacking their preborn babies and killing them – we would think something had gone terribly wrong in that environment and we would try to fix it. But with humans, pro-choicers don’t want to fix the problems, just kill the babies.
Another woman agreed to sign the petition for preborn eagles, wishing Witt the “best of luck” to save them. When it came to saving preborn humans, she said, “I don’t agree. I fully support abortion… I think it’s the mother’s decision… A human woman should have more rights probably than a bald eagle.” She shouted, “Abortion!” with her fist in the air as she walked away. She failed to see the hypocrisy in the fact that she thinks preborn eagles should have more rights than preborn humans.
Another woman, who admitted to having been drinking, signed the eagle petition. And while she said, “I hate the killing of babies,” she feels that abortion should be legal because “people can make their own decision about their body.” She recognizes that a preborn eagle has a body, but doesn’t seem to realize the preborn baby has a body too. She went on to say that “babies are gross” but if she does have children at some point, she would only have one because having more than one is “f***ed up.” When Witt asks her if she feels that way because of climate change, she says, “Yeah. We’re all gonna f***ing die soon.”
While it’s debatable whether or not “we’re all gonna die soon” because of climate change, CNN’s S.E. Cupp recently said about that the idea that we should control the population in order to save the planet leaves out at least one factor:
…if we’re going to talk about population control, we should bring up Malthusian theory, a cautionary tale against not anticipating how science and industry would solve future problems, like population growth.
What PragerU discovered with these man-on-the-street interviews, is that despite people’s willingness to save and protect animals, they aren’t willing to stand up for the rights of an entire group of human beings – because they have labeled those human beings as “non-persons.” It is, as Chesterson noted, an “unhealthy love of animals” on display in this video.
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