Do you think that preborn baby beavers are deserving of
greater protection than preborn baby humans?
I for one don’t, yet media headlines and public outcries suggest to me
that I am in an increasing minority.
Being a supporter of the right to life for all human beings,
including the youngest and most vulnerable among us, I was deeply disturbed to
see yet another public outcry by one of our mainstream media outlets seeking to
further protect the lives of a species other than Homo sapiens. It is an increasingly common occurrence here
in Scotland and it continually drowns out the cries of the victims who really
With an unashamedly deep anger I watched television on
Sunday night and witnessed the BBC Scotland News headline claiming that the ‘rights’
of beavers on a Perthshire estate were somehow being violated to the point that
they deserve further legal protection.
The furore has erupted because pregnant beavers were found to be among
the carcasses of a number of the rodents killed in recent months. I hear no such outcry for little human beings
in the womb from the media and wider public.
It’s far easier to stay in the comfort zone of fighting for the rights
of animals than to step out and dare to suggest that preborn humans deserve
protection, that the choice to kill a baby human is wrong.
In all honesty we must be the only species who believe it is
acceptable and justifiable to kill off our own creation. It’s absurd.
But what’s worse is the rich fervour and persistent activism that fuels
the call to protect other species such as beavers and rare birds, while some
unborn babies languish in their mothers’ womb waiting for the abortionist’s
knife. There is no such widespread
fervour or activism for innocent human beings other than from the usual and
same old sources. There is no media
coverage of their plight. There is no
public outcry to change the law.
I’m all for animal welfare, but then that is not the
issue. The issue here is the lack of
protection for the most innocent and most vulnerable human beings, especially
when set against the kind of protection the media, some MSPs, and many in the public
want to afford to other species. In the UK alone, 8.5 million babies have lost their lives by way of abortion since 1967.
People of Scotland, perhaps it is time for us to realign our
priorities. Perhaps we need to start
focusing more on the rights of our own species rather than getting too caught
up in the rights of others. Perhaps it’s
time to focus on the bairns rather than the beavers.