you're reading...

Return of the Links Digest

After a long absence, the links roundup is back from the grave.  What can I say?  Life’s been too busy, but now, fortified with six eight shots of espresso [‘I could see colors that weren’t in the visible spectrum…’], I give you a summary of animal law and animal rights related links from the last few weeks.

Chalk another death up to animal rights insanity and to the ongoing failure of the West to take counsel on practical matters from the Scripture.

This is not the kind of law many people want to practice – and I don’t mean just because it is forcing the examination of our conduct and values around animals.  But it calls out for a level of commitment, at least for many of the practitioners that I know, that extends beyond professionalism and into lifestyle. There is no real parallel in the law to the overlap between most animal lawyers’ work and home lives.  Once this work gets under your skin, it is hard to leave it behind at the office.  I find for myself I no longer really separate work from the rest of my life.

  • The Swiss proposal for animal lawyers?  Rejected (just like minarets).  Simon Jenkins at the Guardian heard the rumour, but didn’t understand it – which never stops the critics of animal rights from waxing lyrical.
  • If you read the Solution, you should probably also be reading Gary Francione’s Abolitionist Approach.  Whether or not you follow Francione, however, you should definitely consider this.
  • PETA.  Adopted.  Eight.  Animals.  Yes, eight, in 2009.  And they killed 2,301.  Just…what? (…with friends like these, who needs…)
  • 100% of fish tested in US streams are contaminated with mercury.  100%.
  • Animal abuse is ever more closely linked to other atrocities.
  • Parties to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) met in Doha, and decided not to ban bluefin tuna trading.  Oh, and if you want to trade in polar bears, that’s fine.  Link and link, via Opinio Juris.  Link, via New Scientist.  Link, via Grist.
  • Want to write about animal rights?

Farm lobby’s lawyer appointed as Ag Committee’s counsel

For an upcoming issue, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about the bonds—emotional, ethical, biological, physical, or otherwise—between humans and animals. We’re looking for stories that illustrate ways animals (wild and/or domestic) affect, enrich, or otherwise have an impact on our daily lives.
Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with a significant element of research or information, and reach for some universal or deeper meaning in personal experiences. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice.

About David Tong

Climate campaigner | Cyclist | Photographer | Vegan | Straight Edge || Views my own


2 thoughts on “Return of the Links Digest

  1. there is no real animal rights movement in nz …only a large org that collects cash and does nothing pro active

    Posted by get real | 18 June 2010, 10:27 am
    • How do you know they don’t do anything? Anyway there will be justice for the animals. Just you wait.

      Posted by Abi | 28 December 2010, 4:30 am
%d bloggers like this: