Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Say Again? I am Being Sued by a What?!?!?!

In our insanely litigious nation, people are suing and being sued for the most stupid of issues. It now seems some lawyers have dug past the bottom of the sewer by suing humans on behalf of animals.
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.

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. Some lawyers who specialize in humans, however, are doubtful that the law will ever evolve to the point where lawyers could go to court on behalf of thoroughbreds they claim don't want to race in the Kentucky Derby or outdoor dogs who perhaps want to become indoor dogs.

What is worse than a lawyer, suing someone on behalf of an animal, is the system itself which allows such suits to be brought into it. The judicial system is for humans, animals have no place in it, neither as the plaintiff nor as a defendant.

The system is broken, and seriously flawed if these types of suits are allowed to be filed. And the lawyers filing them are seriously flawed also, thus need to have their licenses revoked.

Mr Minority

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