Chambliss blocks regulatory pick over animal lawsuits
By Alexander Bolton
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) has blocked President Obama’s candidate for regulation czar, Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein, because Sunstein has argued that animals should have the right to sue humans in court.
Obama has picked Sunstein, his adviser and longtime friend, to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an office that has power to review and assess all draft regulations proposed within the administration.
But Chambliss worries that Sunstein’s innovative legal views may someday lead to a farmer having to defend himself in court against a lawsuit filed on behalf of his chickens or pigs.
Chambliss told The Hill that he has blocked Sunstein’s nomination because the law professor “has said that animals ought to have the right to sue folks.”
Indeed, in his 2004 book, Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions, Sunstein wrote: “I will suggest that animals should be permitted to bring suit, with human beings as their representatives, to prevent violations of current law.” Read More
Here is an update on the Cass Sunstein nomination for regulatory czar. As is noted in the article, he has said some pretty incredible stuff which gives us some insight on his views over animal rights. This is a pretty powerful position that he has nominated for and it’s important that we not have someone in there that will be more concerned over how to get the use of animals in our society stopped.