Morrissey's got a bit over-excited about people causing pain to and killing other animals again(via). Apparently, he believes that violence is justified against such people. I have two things to say, neither of which are actually about whether or not animals have rights, and if they do, what they might be: firstly, why aren't the animal rights protesters outside halal butchers; and secondly, have they thought hard about the consequences of removing animal slaughter and experimentation from the relatively heavily regulated Britain to elsewhere in the world. I'm actually fairly sympathetic to (some of) the philosophical claims of animal right protesters but they just piss me right off, the sanctimonious self-righteous pr*cks. That said, Morrissey is a bloody genuis.
Addendum: Majikthise's post on why people shouldn't eat octopus, but probably shouldn't have any serious worries about (organic) chicken roughly aligns with my views on the matter, just in case you care.
Chris Bertram, searching for the reasons Gordon Brown looked quite such an idiot when advocating American-style patriotism in the UK, has found some really quite accurate descriptions, on the basis of my experience, by De Tocqueville, of English and American patriotism. Frankly, although I think it wouldn't be totally unreasonable to describe me as somewhat reserved even by British standards, I'm happy with my calm enjoyment, such as it is, and am inclined to find anyone who is prepared to sing the praises of their country deeply, deeply suspicious. Not only are they rude, they would surely also either be trying to swindle you in some manner, a sociopathic xenophobe, or simply very deluded. It's interesting that De Tocqueville observed the same phenomena though.