Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Lawyer's defending hen rights

Law students stand up for laying hens' freedom
Move to ban restrictive cages stifled in Del. General Assembly
The News Journal

Some lawyers judge success by how many people they've kept out of the lockup. Apparently, that now applies to chickens as well.

Thanks to a consciousness-raising campaign by budding attorneys, Widener Law school has joined a rising number of schools in banning eggs laid by caged chickens from its dining halls. It might not be quite like winning a case in court, but to the students who rallied to the caged chickens' cause, it feels good nonetheless.

"It's actually starting to pick up a lot of steam," Widener student Andrew Fabian, who helped lead the cage-free campaign by the Widener Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, said of the issue on campus.

In the world of animal rights, the realm of law is increasingly coming to bear, even outside the leafy expanse of Widener's Concord Pike campus. In Widener's case, all it took was a chat with the dining hall's manager and a few caged-chicken videos to achieve their aim -- but such efforts do stand a chance of someday ending up in the nation's courts. Read More

Animal law is quickly becoming available at most law schools. Some have compared it to the rise in environmental law in the 1970’s and 80’s. There is no doubt in my mind that many lawyers will be gunning for a tobacco like settlement against animal agriculture somewhere in the future. And with laws being attempted in places like CA, that could drastically change the future of agriculture in this country, there will be no shortage of lawyers wanting to be involved.

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