What does it feel like to have no voice?
How can we improve Animal Laws?
Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes is never easy. When the other mind belongs to an animal, it requires more than compassion for the animal to help. Imagination and different ways to trick your mind to breaking old thinking patterns is the first step
The GAL Project supports the introduction of laws that will put an end to practices that are responsible for animals suffering. Ethical values are important for the Swiss lawyer Antoine Goetschel. He represents abused animals in the court. The clients are mostly dogs but he also represents farm animals who may have been exploited for food, clothes or other products. An animal lawyer may also represent wildlife.
Farm animals may be kept in extremely cramped conditions, which are responsible for an enormous amount of suffering. There are several issues related to animal farming, industrial livestock production and factory farming of animals.
Many countries have banned and condemned certain cruel practices such as force-feeding to produce foie gras or egg farmer griding alive baby chicks. But in many countries, they are still legal. Today, there are not many lawyers that focus on animal law. Often in life, the things that do not pay that much are the most interesting and exciting to work with. Hopefully, there will be more animal lawyers in the future because there is so much important work to be carried out in regarding, for example, sports animals and using animals for entertainment and using animals for experiments.
The protection of wild animals is often covered by environmental laws. The focus on these types of laws is usually on species conservation with the aim to protect species. The laws are rarely written to protect individual species from suffering. Anticruelty laws protect pets and farm animals but not wild animals. If a wild animal is captured, then they are covered by laws but in many cases not while they are living in the wild.
In the Uk, The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 protects wildlife. What laws protect wildlife where you are living?
There are several things that wild animals should be protected from.
Here are a few examples to start your thinking:
- habitat pollution
- shark fining
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