Thursday, May 29, 2008
Are totalitarian measures like mass sterilization and even genocide justified in the name of conservation?
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
By Daniel Jack Chasan
Domestic violence, custody, malpractice, wrongful death: Today's animal legal issues and challenges are not unlike those of humans.
Read the rest of the article - profiling the recent seminar by the Washington State Bar Association's Animal Law Section - here.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
While this blog is generally devoted to animal law, well, no social movement exists in a vacuum. Kudos to those working to expand rights and protections to the gay and lesbian community; those trying to expand rights in any area of law can - and do - learn from the battles that precede us.
Click here to read a thoughtful Sunday interview piece featuring California's chief justice, who authored the historic ruling.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
But I have also had the opportunity to observe Chicago politics firsthand. And you know what? It really is corrupt. Not just "was" corrupt, as in the old jokes about voting early and often. It is corrupt currently. Everyone who lives here knows it and most of us accept it as the basic way of life here. For the most part, it doesn't even negatively impact our lives - unless you cross the Mayor or his political machine. And then it just smacks you upside the head. Hard.
That's what happened to Alderman Joe Moore today. Chicago politics hit an embarrassing new low when the Mayor railroaded through a repeal of the ban on foie gras that Alderman Moore championed two years ago. I've never been ashamed of this City before, but I am today.
You can read about Mayor Daley's heavy-handed tactics in this Chicago Sun-Times article here...
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
- At the time Chicago banned the sale of foie gras, opponents of the measure criticized - among other things - that the City Council had better things to do. Now, some two years later, those opponents seem to have plenty of time to continue their efforts to repeal a measure, which did not, in fact, negatively impact Chicago's restaurant business.
Click here to read the Chicago Tribune article...
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Mildred Loving Followed Her Heart and Made History
Tuesday, May 6, 2008; Page C01
Sometimes people just do things because they think they are the right things to do. Or, because they just want bothersome people to leave them alone. Not everyone wants to be on "Oprah" and write their memoirs, not even when they change history.Consider Oliver L. Brown, a black pastor and railroad worker who joined a lawsuit in Kansas for his daughter to be able to go to a white school. Thus he became part of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, the 1954 case that ended legalized segregation in America. When he died in 1961, the local paper mentioned his church, that he became ill during a trip to his in-laws' 50th wedding anniversary, that he was 42 -- and not a word about perhaps the most famous court case in the 20th century.
So we don't really know what to say about the passing on Friday of Mildred Loving (nee Jeter), she of Loving v. Commonwealth of Virginia fame...Click here to read more...
Monday, May 05, 2008
Staff Reporter of the New York Sun
May 6, 2008
A few years back, a lawyer sued President Bush in Hawaii on behalf of all the world's whales, porpoises, and dolphins. Although the case was dismissed, the outcome gave animal rights lawyers a glimmer of hope. At the time, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided that it saw "no reason" why the Constitution prevents federal courts from hearing cases brought in the name of animals. All that was needed, the 9th Circuit suggested, was an act of Congress.
Congress hasn't been forthcoming with such a law.
Still, there are animal rights lawyers who haven't given up the search for their holy grail: a court decision allowing lawyers to bring suits directly on behalf of one or more animals....
Click here to read the rest of the article...
May 15, 2008
Vermont's high court considers pets' special value
Suit seeks compensation for emotional pain and loss of companionship
Vermont's Supreme Court will hear a case about whether a pet owner has the right to compensation for the emotional pain and loss of companionship when the animal dies as a result of negligence.Sensing the importance of the case, veterinary associations—including the AVMA—animal rights groups, and other interested parties are weighing in....
Click here to read more about the suit, as well as why the AVMA and the American Kennel Club (both multi-million dollar entities that are able to exist only because people are willing to spend more on their animals than simply their "market value"), among others, are nonetheless opposed to compensating owners for their emotional distress or loss of companionship over the death of a companion animal.
Friday, May 02, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008; Page D01
Poultry giant Tyson Foods has 14 days to dismantle a national multimillion dollar ad campaign centered on the claim that its chickens are raised without antibiotics, a federal appeals court in Richmond ruled yesterday.
Tyson, based in Springdale, Ark., will have to remove posters and brochures from 8,500 grocery stores nationwide.
"We're disappointed the motion for a stay has been denied and are evaluating our legal options," said Gary Mickelson, a spokesman for Tyson Foods. "We continue to believe we have acted responsibly in the way we have labeled and marketed our products and intend to stand our ground."
Read more about the battle between Tyson and two of its competitors here...