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Rights for Things

Recorded on April 12, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

Not all unusual ideas originate in Washington, DC. Sometimes they come from the United Nations.

The UN is being asked by Bolivia to approve a new treaty, modeled after a Bolivian law, to extend human rights to insects, animals, trees, and other "natural things," including Mother Earth herself.

Because those things have a hard time speaking for themselves, Bolivia created the Ministry of Mother Earth, where activists can get action on their complaints against us mere humans.

Imagine being sued by an ear of corn that doesn't want to be eaten. Or a cockroach that just desires to live peacefully in your kitchen.

Let's hope the UN says no to this. But one of President Obama's top appointees says animals should be allowed to sue people. Giving rights to plants and insects may not be as far away as it seems.


For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.