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ii - Amendments For Animal Owners

Constitutional scholar B.L. Cozad Jr. gives you what you need to fight Illegal Confiscation of your pets or livestock.

(Cozad's notes in green)

 

The First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

 

The first amendment of the Constitution protects and guarantees the free exercise of religion and that includes exercising the dominion that God gave each man over the animals and all property that he owns.

 

The Fourth Amendment: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

 

Government intrusion into our homes and even onto our property using the excuse of protecting animals from the owner is a violation of our “human” rights. Is an animal a justifiable reason to violate your home?

 

The Fifth Amendment: No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

 

The Fifth Amendment requires that “due process of law” be part of any proceeding that denies a citizen “life, liberty or property” and requires the government to compensate citizens when it takes private property for public use. To seize animals from the owner the government must pay the owner for the animals however it serves no public use to do so.

 

The Eighth Amendment: Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

 

Who is the government to punish you by taking your animals? The Animals you own are "your private property" and God has given YOU dominion over them. Is the purpose of the government to protect you and your rights or is the purpose of government to protect your property from you?

 

The Ninth Amendment: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

 

The “people” = each individual. The Ninth Amendment was James Madison’s attempt to ensure that the Bill of Rights was not seen as granting to the people of the United States only the specific rights it addressed. In reality it affirms the existence of such “unenumerated” rights that are not specifically addressed and/or written in the Bill of Rights.

 

The Tenth Amendment: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

 

The “people” = each individual. The only honest purpose for forming any government is to protect the rights of the individual from the majority and the lowest number of any minority is one.

 

The Fourteenth Amendment: All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

 

All animal owners are entitled to the same protections as any other property owner in the United States, and animals are private property and the exclusive right of ownership and use belongs to the property owner.

 

The entire purpose of the Constitution is to protect the rights of the individual from the majority. The Constitution for the United States is the Supreme Law of the Land and most specifically the "Bill of Rights" which all states agreed to accept as a condition of joining the Union.

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