'Holy Grail' of Animal Rights Law Tantalizes a New Breed of Lawyer
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. Read More
The only reason these lawyers are trying to get “personhood” granted to animals is to make money. Since the enormous tobacco settlement, certain lawyers have been searching for the next pot of gold. And several of them have animal agriculture in their cross hairs.