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Rees Lloyd: Animal ‘civil rights’ to trump human rights?

I recently received a solicitation from a continuing education in the law provider, the Rutter Group,  to sign up for Rutter’s “new” online course from Lewis & Clark Law School which could lead  to what they advertize as an exciting, path-breaking, fulfilling “career in Animal Rights Law.”

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Animal civil rights? Animal civil rights enforceable by crusading liberal lawyers in the courts? Animal civil rights as a “legal career.” Yes. Its been out there for awhile, if not on the nightly news. And it is growing apace by progressive liberal self-anointed (the animals haven’t asked) defenders of newly perceived  or invented legal “rights” of animals. (It is unknown if these animal “rights” crusaders will specialize in different animals, e.g., pig rights specialists, chicken rights specialists, etc.)

Poor deluded me. Here I have spent the last thirty years or so as an attorney defending, mostly pro  bono, the civil rights, constitutional rights, workers rights, employment rights, and veterans rights of humans.

Alas, I have been blind to the newly asserted proposition that the true victims of “rights” deprivations are “animals,” whose heretofore unrecognized legal  “rights” are violated by — wait for it:  Humans!

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Apparently, it is only humans who can be sued for violation of an animal’s rights, and not other animals. Even predators, who naturally prey on the victim animals, apparently can sue for violation of their rights;  but are apparently immune from being sued for “civil rights” violations for violation of the rights of the animals on which they prey, on the basis that the predators are, after all,  “animals.”

According to the solicitation I received from the Lewis & Clark Law School by way of the Rutter Group,  “animal rights” law practice is not just growing, it is expanding  with “blazing speed.” (The solicitation is available on the websites of Lewis & Clark and the Rutter Group.)

It appears a new generation of liberal lawyers and law school academics are intent on going where no lawyers have gone before, enshrining in law “rights” of animals not heretofore recognized, and ensuring that evil carnivorous callous humans cease to violate the rights of animals, especially cows, pigs, chickens, and other edible ones, by filing lawsuits against humans who do violate those animals’ “rights,” including by eating them.

Will the “blazing speed” at which progressive liberals are advancing “animal rights law” trump the “rights of humans” for whom the Constitution was created by the Founding Fathers, who never mentioned or hinted that “animals” have “civil rights”?

I received a Rutter Group solicitation to enroll in the Animal Rights Law Conference of Lewis & Clark Law School because I am, and all lawyers are, obligated to meet the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) requirements of the State Bar.

Thus, I receive solicitations from various MCLE course providers approved by the Bar for MCLE credit. It is a big, expensive, money-making business, and a there is no escaping the Bar’s MCLE mandates.  Continuing education credits are available at a price,  including in Animal Rights Law, even if you have no desire ever to sue a person for a pig for violation of “civil rights.”           

I admit I was surprised to receive from Rutter Group a solicitation for what it hailed as a “new program,” an  Animal Rights Law Conference which, should I enroll, would result in certification of 13.5-hours of MCLE credit. This would cost only “$540” for online vicarious attendance in the (taped) Animal Rights Law Conference.
The  conference was held at Stanford, but the sponsor of this “animal rights” MCLE training is Lewis & Clark Law School.

Where is Lewis & Clark Law School which is so enthusiastic and proud of being the tip of the spear, metaphorically speaking,  of defense of animals’ rights? Where else–Portland, OR, the Principality of Progressive Liberal Political Correctness.

One wonders, after reading Lewis & Clark’s extolling of the glories of pig and other animal “rights” legal defense, if the liberal academics and animal rights warriors of Lewis & Clark Law School will perhaps now set out to rewrite the history of the historic trek of the humans Lewis and Clark to shield from the school children the horror that Lewis and Clark killed and ate on their long journey to the Oregon Trail and the Pacific coast as many innocent animals as they could slay in the wild for life-sustaining meals. And snacks.

Animal “rights,” enforceable by lawsuits in American courts, may sound absurd. But it is no joke.  Indeed, there is an almost religious, messianic, “saving-the-world” fervor by the Progressive Liberal lawyers and law school academics in their solicitation of lawyers to attend their Animal Rights Law Conference to learn how to sue humans for violating the civil “rights” of animals, including of course, by eating them.

Sound impossible? Not in the “transformed” Progressive Liberal  America in the Age of Obama in which the government seeks to intrude into every area of citizens lives, including what they are allowed to eat or drink and in what amounts, and Progressive Liberal “transformers”  invent  Constitutional “rights” never dreamed of by the Founding Fathers who wrote the Constitution, nor perceived in the Constitution by any American generation until this one.

Don’t be surprised if one day you are served with a Summons to answer a law suit complaint filed on behalf of a pig, cow, chicken, for alleged violation of its “rights”  brought by some starry-eyed, self-righteous ACLU lawyer, or other narcissistic Progressive Liberal who self-righteously glares at you in court in quivering moral superiority as he or she alleges that you not only had bacon at breakfast but actually and cruelly had a steak with it, along with your eggs, potatoes, and orange juice.

When that day comes, just be thankful that progressive liberal lawyers, judges, and law school academics haven’t decided that eggs, potatoes, and oranges have civil “rights,” too. At least, not yet.

(Rees Lloyd, is a longtime California civil rights lawyer, a veterans activist, and a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.)

Birds of a Feather: Animal Rights Activists Strike from Salem to San Diego

For your consideration:Pete chicken statue
  • PETA Proposes erecting a statue to commemorate the deaths of chickens killed in a Salem, Oregon trucking accident on their way to the slaughter slaughter house.
  • The San Diego City Council wipes out pet stores to get rid of “puppy mills.”

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  • Animal activists terrorize a San Diego family at their home and at their fur store.

Many people love animals and it’s easy to grant some slack to passionate individuals who undertake saving animals as a crusade, but this post is also a cautionary tale for the uninitiated, the gullible or the media.

The people of PETA, the vegan group that produces grand attention seeking publicity stunts (the chicken statue, calling milk racist because it’s white, seal cam ‘peep show’, meat suits, veggie sex Super Bowl commercial, circuses around the circus), includes some of the same people who hounded out a Portland fur store in 2006. Another Portland furrier is under constant assault by animal terrorists, one of whom tried to burn his store down by setting himself on fire. And it’s happening in San Diego.  Fur San Diego 2

San Diego, of course, has seen its share of eco terrorism. An unfinished apartment complex was torched in 2005 by the Earth Liberation Front. And because of a long term federal investigation in Oregon we know that Eco and Animal terrorists are the same bunch.

At first, the San Diego news accounts of the attack on the store and the store owners’ home were fairly benign. Attack, blah blah, police investigating,blah blah, may have done some vandalism at their home blah blah. It was only after the Animal Liberation Front sent out a news release on July 21st taking responsibility that the real damage was revealed and the media started paying very close attention. From the ALF press release:

Every single piece of plate glass on this hideous enterprise was soaked in glass etching solution. The exterior of the store was covered in red spray painted slogans. Bottles of foul smelling butyric acid were sprayed into the interior, leaving this place of commerce smelling like death; identical to the odor present on every fur farm. We hope this is a costly clean up, and serves to drive away all patronage.

But they weren’t done. They claim to have “hiked” to the home of the owner and further terrorized and vandalized–anything not to admit they actually took a car out to do their terror for the Earth and Animals,

We then hiked to owner Ludi Graf’s home, at ***** *******Street in Spring Valley  [I’ve taken out the actual street address] . His home was given the same treatment. We paint stripped his luxury winnebago parked in the driveway. Slogans were painted in blood red on his garage and the winnebago. The windows of the winnebago were etched. The remainder of the etching solution was applied to the windows of his home. Concrete destroying muriatic acid was poured on his driveway.

Another “hike” to La Mesa to the home of another fur store owner,

It was another short hike to manager Kimberley Graf’s home at**** ***** Drive in La Mesa [real street address redacted]. Her luxury pickup truck was painted red and soaked in paint stripper. All windshields and windows on the truck were smeared with etching solution. We covered her house and driveway in spray paint. Muriatic acid was dumped on the porch.

(Let me add parenthetically here eschewing the use of cars and using the term ‘luxury’ in their minds justifies their felonious and terrorizing behavior against ‘the rich’. See the previous post on the yachts used by protesters at the Anti Coal rally)

And now we get to the San Diego City Council who gave these activists more credibility by passing an ordinance wiping out pet stories in the City and allowing the government to be nearly exclusively in the dog business. That’s right, one sweeping law, and pffft! the pet stores are now outlawed. Why? Because for the last several years the animal rights folks have introduced the term ‘puppy mills’ into the nomenclature.  My daughter who works with dog rescues uses the term ‘puppy mill’. But what does the term mean? It connotes a place where people churn out dogs and cats under inhumane conditions.

I can appreciate this overuse of animals. I’ve “homed” a rescue dog who was overbred. She was a great old gal and a gentle soul but was just worn out. She was overused and that’s horrible. But was she from a puppy mill? No.

For the moment, San Diego has left breeders alone. There’s also a term for breeders of dogs: “Back Yard Breeders.” Look for that term in a future city ordinance. It’s a way to demonize anyone who participates in breeding dogs. Because the aim of these folks is to give animals ‘rights’ like humans have rights, to regard them as sentient beings, and not be able to treat them like, well, dogs.

Let me give you a real world example. Oregon recently got rid of horse rendering plants. How inhumane! How horrible that people would deign turn horses into dog food and use all of their body parts for something useful! But it turns out that when a horse gets lame or is old and sick, it’s less useful and you can’t sell him. Feeding him is expensive. The horse rendering plant used to offer an alternative to keeping a useless and expensive horse. Now horse owners don’t have that. Animal rights activists got together with well intentioned lawmakers and outlawed them. And, as a result, Oregon has had a rash of horses being turned free, starved to death, or left to die in some abandoned barn or property that the people can’t afford to keep anymore. 

I’m all for not killing animals and I’m also against puppy mills–where they exist. But the San Diego City Council assumed with its decision that ALL pet stores use dogs and cats from inhumane mills. How do they know that? They don’t. They just guessed. Those nice animal people told them so. One pet store owner testified at council,

You’re taking a largely regulated industry and going towards a shelter system that’s not necessarily regulated as much,” Salinas said. “All of our puppies — as we’ve already said — are vet-checked several times, so they’re pretty healthy.”

The Council didn’t care. They could have demanded all puppies and kitties at the stores be checked by a licensed Vet. But they didn’t. They didn’t dare keep those stores open. That’s a lot of stores they just hit with their ordinance. 

The result of the chicken statues, ALF terror, PETA PR stunts, seizing the language and outlawing what has been a respectable business (How much is that doggy in the window?) has resulted in getting closer to giving animals rights. That in turn will mean more laws against people who, in the animal rights world view, treat their dogs in an inhumane way. What will that mean? Anything they want it to mean. I didn’t walk my dogs yesterday. Someday that’s going to be against the law. Think I’m wrong? They starve horses, don’t they?

 

 

 

ALF STATEMENT: 

.July 21, 2013

Received Anonymously:

In the early morning hours of July 16, 2013, anarchists in San Diego took action on behalf of the millions of fur-bearing animals who are trapped, enslaved, and killed to sustain the global fur industry.

We first visited Furs By Graf at 7670 Claremont Mesa Boulevard in the Claremont neighborhood. Every single piece of plate glass on this hideous enterprise was soaked in glass etching solution. The exterior of the store was covered in red spray painted slogans. Bottles of foul smelling butyric acid were sprayed into the interior, leaving this place of commerce smelling like death; identical to the odor present on every fur farm. We hope this is a costly clean up, and serves to drive away all patronage.

We then hiked to owner Ludi Graf’s home, at *********Street in Spring Valley. His home was given the same treatment. We paint stripped his luxury winnebago parked in the driveway. Slogans were painted in blood red on his garage and the winnebago. The windows of the winnebago were etched. The remainder of the etching solution was applied to the windows of his home. Concrete destroying muriatic acid was poured on his driveway.

It was another short hike to manager Kimberley Graf’s home at ********** Drive in La Mesa. Her luxury pickup truck was painted red and soaked in paint stripper. All windshields and windows on the truck were smeared with etching solution. We covered her house and driveway in spray paint. Muriatic acid was dumped on the porch.

These actions were taken to vocalize the cries of the millions of wild beings yearning for freedom. This is in vain unless it inspires others to liberate and sabotage. Every fur farm prisoner deserves a jail break.

In solidarity with our comrades fighting in Vancouver,

Animal Liberation Front

[Press Office note: Imprisoned in cages for life, or mercilessly trapped with painful leghold traps in the wild, fur-bearing animals killed to make unnecessary fashion statements are forced to endure intensive confinement, compared to the miles of territory these still-wild animals would enjoy in their natural state. The natural instincts of these captive animals are completely frustrated; self-mutilation, sickness, infection, poor sanitation and the sheer stress of confinement lead animals in captivity to premature death. When they survive, animals of sufficient size are killed by anal electrocution or gassing, then skinned. In addition to liberating the wild animals destined for a certain, painful and agonizing death, another goal of liberationists is to cause economic damage to fur retailers and farms; dozens of stores and fur farming operations have seen economic ruin since “Operation Bite Back” began by the Animal Liberation Front in the 1990s.

The Animal Liberation Front utilizes economic sabotage in addition to the direct liberation of animals from conditions of abuse and imprisonment to halt needless animal suffering. By making it more expensive to trade in the lives of innocent, sentient beings, the ALF maintain the atrocities against our brothers and sisters are likely to occur in smaller numbers; their goal is to abolish the exploitation, imprisonment, torture and killing of innocent, non-human animals.]

 

 

Oregon Bee Funeral Publicity Stunt: Rest in Peazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

bee dead funeralTaking a page from the publicity stuntsters at PETA, a bunch of typical Oregon environmental animal general naked activists are holding a funeral todbees deaday for a swarm of bees accidentally killed by a pesticide used by landscapers working for Target.

Activists are gleefully planning the stunt because they now have a corporate villain to demonize. Thus, the publicity stunt, er, “service” will be held at Target in Wilsonville at 2pm today. Target, you may recall, doesn’t usually allow Girl Scouts, Salvation Army bell ringers and others to use their property so it could be interesting to see what they’ll do when people use their property for this stunt.

On Sunday June 30, 2013 at 2:00 PM, please join us at the site where an estimated 50,000 bees were killed by humans who sprayed the toxic pesticide, Safari. We will memorialize these fallen lifeforms and talk about the plight of the bees and their importance to life on Earth. If you are passionate, concerned, or curious about this situation, this will be a good opportunity to communicate with others.

Farmers and others have been concerned about the bee die off recently but there’s never been a, ahem, funeral for the dead bees. Now that there’s a corporate face to put on it, sit back to watch the international coverage of it. 

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Here’s Rozzell’s Twitter pic.
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Here’s Rozzell’s PSU pic.

The person organizing the publicity stunt is Rozzell Medina who is straight facedly asking people to eulogize the bees according to a news story featuring the nearby headline,

Those who cannot attend are encouraged to send Medina a personal eulogy which will be read at the service.

 

 

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 Medina is an activist, military hater (judging by a recent FB post seen nearby), and ‘teacher’at Portland State University’s “CHIRON Studies” Department (see the description of the department nearby). bees Rozzell anti military

 

Here’s a wild guess: Betcha he’s never protested abortions of humans.