Swiss vote down lawyers-for-animals proposal

by Walter Olson on March 7, 2010

By a 70-30 margin [Telegraph] Earlier coverage is here, and the Wall Street Journal profiled the one cantonal animal public defender in an article last week.

P.S. Ann Althouse, on reading about the “lawyers-for-pets plan”: “I thought: What? Do you turn in your lawyer and get a pet in exchange?”


1 Richard Nieporent 03.08.10 at 12:55 am

“It took 10 minutes of struggle to reel the pike in before killing it. I regard that as cruelty. If someone had done that to a puppy, there would have been outrage,” he said.

Especially the eating part! :)

“People accused of animal cruelty very often hire lawyers to defend themselves. Why shouldn’t someone speak for the animal as well? It’s about fairness and defending a minority.” .

Dr. Dolittle, is that you?

“Also, for some the institution of an animal lawyer is too bizarre.” .

Ya think!

2 Bob Lipton 03.08.10 at 8:15 am

According to the article:

[Switzerland] is also known for its right-to-die laws that draw hundreds of foreigners each year to Switzerland to kill themselves.

When you’re thinking of killing yourself, think of Switzerland!


3 mojo 03.08.10 at 4:33 pm

Just my luck. Sued by a duck.

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