Americans have always prided themselves on their many rights.
And as time passed, we eventually prided ourselves on our equal rights.
Today we like to think that our laws are meant to treat everyone equally and to protect everyone equally. For example, it is against the law to beat someone, no matter their race, gender, or age.
But what about their species?
It’s human rights that we pride ourselves on. But what about an animal’s rights?
I recently came across an article on the Animal Legal Defense Fund website that ranked states on the strength of their animal protection laws. And while I was proud that my state (Minnesota) was ranked as a top tier state, with better than average animal protection laws, I was slightly disgusted to see that the states that border Minnesota are some of the nations worst.
Iowa, South Dakota, and North Dakota all rank among the worst states when it comes to legislature concerning the rights of animals and punishments for the breakers of those laws.
So I pose these questions to my readers. Why the disparity within neighboring states? How can some Midwestern states like Minnesota, Michigan, and Illinois rank so well and yet our neighbors rank amongst the worst? And what can my fellow Minnesotans do to help better the laws in our bordering states?