Can Life Not Go On Without Regulation?
Walter Olson at Overlawyered posts about the Ernest Hemingway Museum and its 40 to 50 cats, descended from Hemingway's six-toed cat:
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled Friday that the Hemingway Home falls under the classification of an "animal exhibitor," subject to regulation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Animal Welfare Act.
If there's no sign these cats are being tortured or otherwise abused, why should they be regulated? Why must so many animals be regulated? (It isn't regulation that stops people from abusing animals; it's humanity.)
More on the story from David Demirbilek at The Daily Caller.
Do people not understand that regulating is not free? And now we regulate just about everything short of...well, we regulate pretty much everything.
And people think it's some sort of cure.
Witness all the calls for gun regulation on Twitter, following the horrible mass murder in Connecticut. As I wrote to a few of those calling for it:
@Sustainable2050 @Reillymj @mims Do you really think gun control w/keep guns from murderous any better than drug laws stop drug use?
@Reillymj @mims I could walk eight blocks -- if even -- and buy illegal guns & illegal drugs & be home in about 20 minutes, round trip.