When faced with a conflict between animal rights and Muslims, what’s a poor liberal to do?
A Paris prosecutor yesterday called for French film legend Brigitte Bardot to receive a two-month suspended prison sentence and a £12,000 fine for inciting racial hatred in a letter.
In December 2006, Miss Bardot, 73, now an animal rights activist, wrote to President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, then the interior minister, criticising the Muslim practice of slaughtering sheep without first stunning them.
Of course, this is not really a case of animal rights, so much as human rights (i.e., free speech and petitioning the government). Perhaps the animals would have done better.