481662 - Law and Veterinary Medicine First Hour: Farmed...

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Unformatted text preview: Law and Veterinary Medicine First Hour: Farmed Animals and Law December 6, 2006 Paul Waldau, D.Phil., J.D. Framing todays issues We look at 3 rd and 4 th major areas of human-nonhuman interaction First hourFarmed animals Second hourCompanion animals Well contrast these with each other, and with wildlife and research animals that we have already engaged Our discussion in context Purposes of drawing attention to such contrasts 1. See specifics of legal issues that individual veterinarians and veterinary medicine as a whole encounter when they deal with these kinds of animals, and 2. Sort out the way law impacts our relationships with nonhumans actualities as well as potential future relationships Farmed animals whats on the horizon of this hot topic ? Market Revolution: Recognizing Animals Intrinsic Values 14th Annual Animal Law Conference Lewis & Clark Law School Portland, Oregon http://www.lclark.edu/org/saldf/conference.html Begin with a simple question Should farm animals have any legal protections at all? When the third-year ethics class met in groups, each group voted yes Well mention the basic social and legal issues raised by changing attitudes, such as those reflected in the 2005 report of The Ohio State University survey of 1,800 Ohioans But first another basic question What kind of protections? The law box Reading #1, Farmed Animals and the Law Municipal court case heard in Warren County, New Jersey, in the fall of 2000 Poultry company, ISE America, convicted of cruelly discarding live chickens in trash cans Conviction appealed and overturned, partly on grounds that the producer had only six employees overseeing 1.2 million laying hens The law box With each worker tending two hundred thousand creatures it remained unproven they were aware of those particular birds dying in a trash can. The companys initial defense, offered to Judge Joseph Steinhardt by an attorney named Kevin M. Hahn, asserted outright that this is exactly what the birds were anywaytrash: The law box Mr. Hahn : We contend, Your Honor, that clearly my client meets the requirements [of the law]. Clearly its a commercial farm. And clearly the handling of chickens, and how chickens are discarded, falls into agricultural management practices of my client. And weve hadweve litigated this issue before in this country with respect to my client and how it handles its manure . The law box The Court : Isnt there a big distinction between manure and live animals? Mr. Hahn : No, Your Honor. Because the Right to Farm Act protects us in the operation of our farm and all of the agricultural management practices employed by our firm....
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This note was uploaded on 03/03/2012 for the course LAW 218 taught by Professor Waldau during the Fall '06 term at Tufts.

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