Distorted worldviews lead to distorted priorities.
San Francisco politicians recently examined the fur coat industry and determined that it was a shame that the city was killing animals for profit.
This occurred a mere eight months after San Francisco city leaders examined an old auto shop and determined that it was the perfect place for Planned Parenthood to systematically kill unborn babies for profit.
On Tuesday, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors banned the sale of all fur items, including souvenirs and accessories, and prohibited fur items purchased online from being delivered to any San Francisco address, CBS Local reports.
Retailers who profit mostly from fur items are frustrated. Karen Flood, Union Square Business Improvement District’s executive director, stated: “This is big business for us in Union Square. This will seriously impact us.” She spoke for the at least 50 retailers in Union Square that bring $40 million in profit to San Francisco.
Wesley J. Smith, writing for the National Review, also saw this policy as economically imprudent.
“If people don’t like fur — which I totally get — the marketplace will handle it,” he stated, adding, “It should be unconstitutional for [San Francisco] to put such a legal restraint on interstate commerce.”
But San Francisco’s Supervisor Katy Tang, who wrote the ban, is more concerned about morals than economics.
“It is estimated that around the world some 50 million animals are slaughtered in gruesome ways so that we can wear their fur and look fashionable,” she told the San Francisco Chronicle.
She added, “My hope is that it will send a strong message to the rest of the world.”
But San Francisco does not seem to have a problem with the more than 60 million babies who have been killed in the womb since Roe v. Wade in the United States alone, many of whom were slaughtered in gruesome ways – namely, dismemberment abortions, in which the baby is torn apart limb by limb.
This widespread massacre did not prevent San Francisco’s city leaders from allowing Planned Parenthood to install a surgical and medical abortion clinic in a former auto body shop in July 2017. The clinic was estimated to generate 20 percent more business than Planned Parenthood’s two existing San Francisco clinics combined. In this instance, perhaps San Francisco was more concerned about economics than morals.
When have animals become more valuable than human beings? While animal abuse is wrong, it is problematic when human abuse is not given the attention it deserves. This imbalance stems from the worldview that prompted Professor David P. Barash to state that “abuse of non-human animals” is caused by “the most hurtful theologically-driven myth of all times: that human beings are discontinuous from the rest of the natural world, since we were specially created and endowed with souls, whereas ‘they’—all other creatures—were not.”
When society sees the truth that human beings are separately and intrinsically valuable as “mythology,” it becomes natural to consider fur coats to be more heinous than aborted babies.