Home
Guest Posts
Print|Text Size: ||
Trial and Error
Should companion animals have rights?

Where on the spectrum of legal rights and protections do our companion animals fall? What about wild animals? Livestock? Associated Press writer Joseph B. Frazier provides a succinct digest of some of the current developments in animal law, including a recent Pennsylvania decision to restrict euthanasia to veterinarians after a kennel operator shot 70 dogs last year.

While some, such as the Animal Legal Defense Fund, spearhead animal law education and legal protection for animals (especially animal cruelty cases), others wonder where to draw the line. What about earthworms? asks Dr. Geordie Duckler, who heads the Animal Law Practice in Portland, Ore., and writes about the subject for Bark (including a story in March/April 2008 exploring the legal differences between a pediatrician and a veterinarian).

I think Princeton professor Peter Singer’s sums it up pretty well: “The right category for pets is closer to children, who can’t vote, can’t own property but you can’t inflict pain on them, either.”

Print

Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom.

Order Dog Park Wisdom

More From The Bark

By
Florence Ion
By
Rebecca Wallick
By
Lisa Wogan
More in Guest Posts:
Smiling Dog: Floyd III
Music Appreciation by a Dog
Smiling Dog: Roosevelt
Fourth Canine Mayor in Kentucky Town
Crazy Dog Laws
First Full-Service Airport Veterinary Hospital
Smiling Dog: Scout
Dog Park Honors Fallen Marine
Smiling Dog: Maggie
Dogs Who Are Not Ready to End Walk