[LISTEN] On meat-eating, animal cruelty, and the intrinsic value of animals

The fundamental rights of both human beings and other animals are inextricably linked, says academic and law expert Prof. David Bilchitz.

Bilchitz explains that the abuse of animals is often linked to other violent behaviours exhibited by humans.

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A Constitutional Court judgment in 2016 has found that protecting animal welfare is less about morality and more about placing intrinsic value on animals.

The ruling recognised the importance of the National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and confirmed its power to carry out private prosecutions for cases of animal cruelty.

Bilchitz says the progressive ruling by Judge Sisi Khampepe has implications on how South Africans recognise the intrinsic value of animals.

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The professor says society needs to rethink its relationship with animals and treat animals with respect and care.

The court has signalled the need to reconfigure our relationship with animals in the new Constitutional era.

Prof. David Bilchitz, Professor of Fundamental Rights and Constitutional Law at UJ

Studies suggest that where you find child abuse, you often find animal abuse and you'll find the abuse of women.

Prof. David Bilchitz, Professor of Fundamental Rights and Constitutional Law at UJ

We look at animal issues as separate from human issues [but] they're an integrated whole. We need to consider that.

Prof. David Bilchitz, Professor of Fundamental Rights and Constitutional Law at UJ

I'm someone who defends fundamental rights across the board.

Prof. David Bilchitz, Professor of Fundamental Rights and Constitutional Law at UJ

[Animals] can also suffer, they also have interests and an experience of the world. That's why there's a relationship between what we do to animals and humans.

Prof. David Bilchitz, Professor of Fundamental Rights and Constitutional Law at UJ

We need to recognise that animals in their own right have certain claims on us.

Prof. David Bilchitz, Professor of Fundamental Rights and Constitutional Law at UJ

Animals don't only have instrumental value - they're not only there for our purposes.

Prof. David Bilchitz, Professor of Fundamental Rights and Constitutional Law at UJ

The serious harms that are currently caused in the production of meat should not be allowed any more.

Prof. David Bilchitz, Professor of Fundamental Rights and Constitutional Law at UJ

Prof Bilchitz argues the case for animals rights, discusses veganism and shares case law involving animal cruelty.

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