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Lawsuits to Declare Animal “Persons” Coming Soon

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“Animal standing,” that is, the drive to allow animals to sue, would be the ultimate weapon allowing animal rights ideologues to destroy animal industries and eventually outlaw all animal domestication. To do that, some believe, at least some animals need to first be declared “persons” by a court–particularly given that whale lack of personhood was the reason stated by the judge that refused to grant them protection under the 13th Amendment in the recent PETA lawsuit against Sea World.

Most people remain somnolent in the face of the threat. Not me. I keep banging the pots.  My latest attempt is in the Weekly Standard.  From “Animal Desires:”

It has already started. The European Court of Human Rights agreed in 2008 to hear the appeal of an Austrian Supreme Court ruling denying personhood to a chimp. More such cases could soon be filed in the United States. Law professor and animal rights activist Steven Wise was quoted in theNew York Times recently promising to file lawsuits starting in 2013 with the goal of using “the latest science to help persuade state court judges that such creatures as whales and chimpanzees should be accorded common law personhood and rights.”

Wise runs the Nonhuman Rights Project, where, since 2007, he and 50 other activists have busily researched the most likely jurisdictions for a ruling that at least one animal “has the capacity to possess at least one legal right.” It would be easy to roll one’s eyes and dismiss this as simply what radical lawyers do, to little effect. That would be a mistake. “Animal personhood” has become a respected idea in philosophy, the life sciences, the academy generally, and among some within the highly politicized science establishment.

I point out that the idea of animal personhood has caught on among some in philosophy and the life sciences.

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  1. BigSlurpy

    April 1st, 2012

    I just want to wish everyone a happy “Re-Elect Obama Day”. I hope everyone has a safe and joyful holiday!

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  2. conservative cowgirl

    April 1st, 2012

    I hope George doesn’t sue me for a larger pasture and more grain.

    Of COURSE we have one of these extreme animal rights nutjobs appointed by obamarxist: Cass Sunstein (Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs)

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  3. historicus

    April 1st, 2012

    I smashed a sick or injured bat in my driveway with a shovel the other day. It was totally pre-meditated. Go ahead and sue me.

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  4. bitterclinger

    April 1st, 2012

    The left is only too happy to blenderize babies, but animals are people too?

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  5. conservative cowgirl

    April 1st, 2012

    @bitterclinger, exactly! The extreme left eco freakos are always whining about babies being bad for the environment!

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  6. Loretta in Indiana

    April 1st, 2012

    This is only the beginning…. when animals achieve personhood, intermarriage with other species is the next step.

    (Some folks already leave their assets to their pets in their will, don’t they? The pets were the life partner…)

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  7. Ornery1

    April 1st, 2012

    With things as they are my Lab would be a far better person that what passes today. Kevin has never rioted over the outcome of a basketball game and has certainly never ransacked a Walgreens.

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  8. Nutjob

    April 1st, 2012

    No animal should have rights, I don’t care how long the Occutards protest,…..now my dog yes, the occutard animals no.

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  9. Nutjob

    April 1st, 2012

    on a 2nd note, that means the right to marry then too. You heard the occutards say they should be able to have sex with animals, then why not marriage?

    I’ll bet the muslim men will be happy likewise.

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  10. Navy Squid

    April 1st, 2012

    Well, this is finally some really GREAT news for Rachel Maddow, Rosie O’Donnell, Randi Rhodes, etc. Finally a way to call then people! At last!! :-)

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  11. conservative cowgirl

    April 1st, 2012

    Have these nutjobs thought about what happens after all animal industries are destroyed and domestication of animals is outlawed? What happens to all of the animals who were formerly under the protection of their human owners? For instance, if all horse industries and horse ownership are outlawed, what do they do with all of the horses? Let them all “run free”? They would starve. So, eventually there would BE no more horses. These animal activists are complete kooks.

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  12. NeeNee

    April 1st, 2012

    COMING SOON:

    “I now pronounce you man and chimp.”

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  13. TooMuchTime

    April 1st, 2012

    @conservative cowgirl — It’s called the Tradgey of the Commons. You can websearch that. When the buffalo were on public land, they were hunted close to extinction. But then some people raised them on private land and their numbers grew.

    The libtard answer? Well, just outlaw hunting on public lands. Actually, just outlaw hunting altogether. Read this speech by Michael Crichton called Complexity Theory and Environmental Management. The discussion about the mismanagement of Yellowstone is the key.

    It’s the law of unintended consequences. Liberals just don’t believe that socialism has any.

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  14. Right is Right

    April 1st, 2012

    Another class of “people” that won’t be able to figure out how to get a photo ID so they can vote?

    Obviously. this is just the left looking to grow their voter base. “Pet Sematary.”

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  15. Angrymike

    April 1st, 2012

    Wait one minute …all animals have there place……
    On the plate, next to the potatoes!

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  16. Angrymike

    April 1st, 2012

    Wait this could be good, If a racoon attacks me, I’ll be able to sue him and take his home.
    I always wanted a tree house!!!!!!!

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  17. FreeMan - I Won the Lottery

    April 1st, 2012

    It is all from this kook – Cass Sunstein

    http://www.wnd.com/2009/07/104820/

    Lets see, Sunstein sunstein, that is Jewish – no?

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  18. Bob M.

    April 1st, 2012

    Animals have the RIGHT to be EATEN. I reserve the right to go back for SECONDS. :-D

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  19. Plain Jane

    April 1st, 2012

    Are they including wookies here?

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  20. Plain Jane

    April 1st, 2012

    Too Much Time

    TY for the link for Michael Creighton’s speech. I love his work.

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