Sunday, November 4, 2007

Our Basic Human Rights Precede and Supercede the NAIS citizens of the United States governed by the U.S. Constitution. Our rights as animal owners and citizens are under attack.

Here are the Amendments specifically guaranteeing our freedoms...freedoms that were hard won, and should not be compromised:

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances

For many, the fundamentals of the NAIS are in direct violation of some seminal beliefs and practices of recognized religions of United States citizenry.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

ALL of these points are at issue with the NAIS tenets. See beyond the rhetoric and preserve the underlying guarantee of free citizens to have this protection FROM interference and seizure, rather than a guarantee OF interference and seizure.

As a member of a participant nation of the United Nations, under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights/General Assembly Resolution 217 A (III):

Article 12.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Not only does this reiterate the 4th Amendment of the US Constitution (above), but it protects against libel and slander as a tool of coercion or vindictiveness.

Article 17.
(1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

The proposed seizure of animals deemed in a close proximity to "questionably safe animals" on nearby properties, without the benefit of testing and without compensation for the arbitrary loss of said property, as well as the ruinous effect of livelihood on unproven grounds and WITHOUT AVENUE of RECOURSE is in violation of this basic human right.

Article 19.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

This would apply to the targeting, by the authorities, of NAIS opponents as subjects of harrassment, and of being "made an example."

Article 20.
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
(2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

This applies directly or indirectly. The are the words "compelled" and "association." Farmers are ALREADY being COMPELLED. If a politician today can't accept gifts and bribes as part of a political campaign in order to effect later legislation, neither is it ethical to offer monetary incentives for the adoption of ANY voluntary "association" with the NAIS. Farmers should be free to associate, or to DISASSOCIATE with, this ORGANIZED MOVEMENT without coercion or interference.

Article 29.
(1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
(2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.

Summed up, you can't enforce the legislation of something that conflicts with basic human rights and freedoms, as stated in the articles above.


I believe a review of the above Articles and Amendments reveal basic human rights-related issues directly correlating with the proposed NAIS adoption that is already being promoted without the general awareness of American citizens, be they consumers or farmers.

That this campaign is a marriage of big business interests and big government under the guise of "public health interests" and "security interests" is a breach of the public trust.

Let us read our guaranteed rights. Let us understand them. Let us not give them away.


Phelan said...

Glad to see you doing your research. Even though it doesn't hold up in courts, this document is held dearly to Americans

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Robbyn said...

Yes, I hope more Americans hold it dearly. Thanks, Phelan, for your encouragement and your own research :)