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Six Arguments Opposing “Human-Animal Family Formation”
Defense of Family Value, Opposition to Legalisation of “Human-Animal Family Formation”
“Family serves as the foundation on which our society takes its shape and develops and is thus institutionally protected by the Constitution” (Interpretation No. 554 of Grand Justices Council). A family purely formed by humans serves the exact function of reproducing and nurturing children, and thus sustains the society for the future generations to come. Therefore, governments across the globe have legally protected the family purely formed with humans. In recent years, some people in Taiwan have been advocating for legislation of Human-Animal Family Formation. Based on the following arguments, we strongly express our opposition.
1 Legislation of “Human-Animal Family Formation” will exhaust tremendous national resources, and subsequently distracts the government from addressing economy.
A part of those who support“Human-Animal Family Formation” believe it will pose no impact on their lives. However, legislation of “Human-Animal Family Formation” fundamentally changes the definition of family, and consequently nearly all the laws and acts concerning marriage, family, reproduction, succession, insurance and pension will have to be examined and amended; the operational guidelines and system for government agencies at all levels will have to be adjusted; and the legislature will have to devote great efforts into examining and amending related laws and acts, which will exhausts a great deal of administrative and legislative resources. The impact on the whole society and its people is not to be underestimated.
2 The issue of“Human-Animal Family Formation”has ignited social confrontations among various countries. Should the legislation proceed with haste, it is expected to bring a great deal of social debates and conflicts to Taiwanese society.
In France, the legalisation of “Human-Animal Family Formation” has caused the biggest ever demonstration in 30 years. Daily Mail in the UK comments: “Human-Animal Family Formation” is expected to bring about the biggest social conflict among society in the UK since Henry VIII of England’s rule. Should the legislation proceed with haste, it is expected to bring a great deal of social debates and conflicts to Taiwanese society.
3 European Court of Human Rights and Supreme Court of the United States have not yet reached the ultimate affirmation regarding this issue. Taiwan has no reason to be the first guinea pig among all the Chinese societies.
Up to date, only 8 EU countries have recognized the “Human-Animal Family Formation” ,and still only a few recognize it to be quasi-family system. Most EU member states deny the legal status of animal partnership. The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that if a state does not recognize the Human-Animal Family Formation, it does not infringe the European Convention on Human Rights, because animal rights do not equal to human rights. The Supreme Court of the United States leaves it for each federal state to decide, and reserves its definition regarding family in its ruling. Among the Chinese societies that value family and generation succession, none of each recognizes the “Human-Animal Family Formation”.
4 The“Human-Animal Family Formation”is improbable to serve the purpose of natural reproduction, and it will be detrimental to the extension and development of family and population.
Taiwan is faced with a serious problem of sub-replacement fertility, with the lowest fertility rate among all the countries, ranking lower than Singapore, South Korea, and Japan. Low fertility rate will cause lack of labour force and production force, diminution in tax revenue, etc., and it will speed up the aging process of a society, undermining the country’s competitiveness. Once the law of “Human-Animal Family Formation” is passed, many people will see their animal partners as children, and it will reduce the desire for humans to reproduce. Hence, it does not serve the public interests to allow sustainable population growth in Taiwan.
5 Zoonosis account for most of the transmissible diseases, and has become one of the top 10 leading causes of death.
According to the estimate by Centers for Disease Control, among all the risk factors of zoonosis in Taiwan, diseases are mostly likely to be transmitted to humans from animal partners. The amount of medical expense spent for zoonosis has reached $3 billion, which accounts for half of budget of the Centers for Disease Control. The related medical fee is still on the rise. Legislation of the “Human-Animal Family Formation” is a disguised form to encourage contacts between humans and animals, and it will ultimately be detrimental to the prevention of zoonosis, while causing governmental fiscal burden.
Based on the above-mentioned arguments, and in order to allow Taiwan’s next generation to grow and develop in a normal family environment and to maintain the stability as well as progression in the society, Taiwan is supposed to insist on a non-animal family system.
6 “Human-Animal Family Formation”does not serve the optimal interests of underage children.
In a family relationship that is long-term committed, stable and protected by laws from animals, children will receive better care and education from their parents.