I'm playing a political simulation right now. It's a simple game where you get to decide on what actions to take in order to create a nation of your own liking. Right now, I've managed to create a Benevolent Dictatorship society with superb civil rights.
I'm having trouble reconciling an issue with my ideology though. I've always believed that government should stay out of people's lives in order to move the country forward. Based on this principle, I have trouble deciding if the government should pass anti-cruelty laws.
I mean, should the government have the right to coerce people in order to prevent animal cruelty? If animals are non-sentient private properties, it follows that animals don't have rights. Therefore, should the government stand idly by as you burn your cat alive?
I think the most logical answer is YES.
The government doesn't have the right to tell people what to do with their own property but it's society's job to prevent animal cruelty. Blah, I'm still not convinced. I think I should read more about this issue... blah blah blah...
Below is the issue that I'm talking about: