Take this paragraph from The New York Times article on Proposition B, the puppy mill responsibility law on the ballot this week in Missouri:
“I am an American; I have a right to raise dogs,” said Joe Overlease, president of the Professional Kennel Club of Missouri, who owns a large breeding operation of cocker spaniels in southern Missouri that was cited by the state this year for overcrowding and inadequate shelter. “I have a right to bark at the moon if I want.”
How come it's so hard for people to recognize that in the world of dogs, rights flow from responsibilities?
You have rights only to the extent you provide food, shelter, water, sanitation, heat, cooling, exercise, room, mental stimulation, and medical attention for your charges.