The recent move by Russian legislators to recognize gay rights has been criticized by a Russian Senator who warned of the slippery slope that legislators risked taking by passing a law against animal cruelty.
The bill was struck down by the Federation Council on Tuesday seeking to ban cruelty against animals used in the training of hunting dogs and birds.
“We treat many western fads with humor, including political correctness, the rights of sexual minorities and others,” Senator Sergei Kalashnikov told fellow lawmakers ahead of the vote.
The Communist Party member Kalashnikov warned that: “Any thought, however humanitarian, becomes absurd when carried to its logical conclusion,’’ his comments drew a smattering applause.
“We’re not only passing a law that won’t work for many reasons, but we’re also demonstrating that we’re following the same path, so to speak, of defending the rights of sexual minorities."
The vice-chairman of the Agrarian Committee, Stepan Zhiryakov, retorted that dogs “should not be equated to sexual minorities.” The bill has been sent back to the State Duma after failing to pass in the Federation Council.
Kalashnikov raised eyebrows by comparing Volodin’s legislation to a law protecting gay rights, arguing that a prohibition on tough dog training is liberal foolishness. He was later on reminded by a colleague at the Federation Council that comparisons between wild animals and members of the LGBT community are “impermissible.”