Category Archives: Feminism and Animal Law

“Enviro-Toons” in Cultural and Historical Contexts: “That’s All Folks?” by Robin Murray and Joseph Heumann

From the FLP mailbox comes a notice of a new book by Robin L. Murray (English, Eastern Illinois University) and Joseph K. Heumann (Emeritus, Eastern Illinois University).  Here‘s the publisher’s description of That’s All Folks? (Univ. Nebraska Press 2011): Although … Continue reading

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Sizzle and Steak

Lady Gaga is wearing a meat mini on the cover of Vogue Homme Japan: I have a feeling that this magazine cover will inspire “Is Lady Gaga a feminist icon?” debates in Women’s Studies classes all across the country (Madonna … Continue reading

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SCOTUS rules in U.S. v. Stevens that law banning “crush porn” is unconstitutional infringement on free speech.

From the NYT: The Supreme Court, with only one dissenting vote, on Tuesday struck down a federal ban on videos that show graphic violence against animals. The ruling cheered free speech advocates, but it raised concerns that more animals will … Continue reading

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Money Talks When Animals and (Some) People Cannot

The New York Times reported earlier this week (here) on state legislation under consideration in three jurisdictions.   The proposed laws would allow courts to prohibit animal abusers from having pets in the future.   According to the NYT, 27 … Continue reading

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More on the Animal Industry

Those interested in the intersections between feminist theory and animal law saw Ann’s post (here) about pork production.  Folks also might be interested in  the Animal Blawg‘s series of guest posts by Bruce Wagman (Partner, Shiff Hardin LLP): Thinking About … Continue reading

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“Pig Business” – A documentary about pork production that may never be commercially released in the US

According to this account, the documentary has been effectively censored in the U.S.: … That’s how it’s gone with the British 2009 documentary film Pig Business. I watched this film in several 10-minute segments via YouTube (Part One) because it … Continue reading

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Friedman and Norman on Maryland DV Protective Orders

Joshua L. Friedman (Attorney Advisor, U.S. Social Security Administration) and Gary C. Norman (Staff Attorney, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) have published their article, Protecting the Family Pet: The New Face of Maryland Domestic Violence Protective Orders, 40 U. … Continue reading

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On Autism, Activism, Compassion, Love and Slaughter

Bitch Magazine has a critical post (here) inspired by the Temple Grandin HBO biopic starring Claire Danes.   Here is an excerpt of the review by Brittany Shoot: I wondered why Grandin, understanding how out of control factory farming has … Continue reading

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CFP: Hypatia on “Animal Others”

Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy has issued an intriguing call for papers, which follows below: 4. Animal Others Special Issue Volume 27 Number 3, Summer 2012 Guest Editors: Lori Gruen and Kari Weil We are soliciting papers for a … Continue reading

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Animal Law on a Channel Near You

My colleague, Ralph Stein (a founding member of Pace Law School and frequent commenter on this blog), devoted his most recent community access tv show to animal law.   Watch it  here. -David Cassuto (cross-post from Animal Blawg)

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Attention.

Via.

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Oral Sex, Animals, and the Criminal Code

Is oral sex a crime?   Not necessarily, of course.   But absent consent, it sounds like a crime to me. Not so if the mouth belongs to an animal, according to a Burlington County, New Jersey judge who dismissed … Continue reading

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Mansploitation for the Animal Cause

Ummm…this Seattle alt paper (think Village Voice, left-coast style) takes a page from PETA’s playbook (see here, e.g.) and then flips it, exploiting men’s bods for the animal cause.  That’s not ok, either. The image is an interesting visual play … Continue reading

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PETA gets the Onion treatment.

The line “We have no intention of changing our tactics until every last animal on the planet is given more respect than woman” barely registers as satire, PETA’s ads are so awful. Via this Jezebel post, which also has a … Continue reading

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To PETA, Murder Is Just One More Opportunity To Promote Themselves

That’s the title of this post at the blog Joe. My. God. Here are the PETA ads. -Darren Rosenblum

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Vegetarianism is cheaper.

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Babies and Pigs in Diapers

Nadya Suleman, the California mother of 14 children, has said in a recent news interview that she is considering adopting a pet pig and/or a small dog.   PETA is urging Ms. Suleman to refrain.   According to PETA, a … Continue reading

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More about US v. Stevens, the Third Circuit decision that the federal law criminalizing the depiction of animal cruelty is an unconstitutional infringement on the First Amendment.

Previous post by Ruthann Robson here. The Oregon Animal Law blog noted that the ability to federalize the prosecution of animal cruelty cases has been effectively terminated with this ruling if it is followed by the other circuits. It probably … Continue reading

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“PETA Killed 95 Percent of Adoptable Pets in its Care During 2008″ – It’s apparently so busy convincing women to appear naked, it doesn’t have time to find placements for homeless critters.

Note: The source of this info is a pro-meat industry group, but the records appear to be accurate! From here: Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) published documents online showing that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals … Continue reading

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Burger Pornography Starring a Former Vegetarian

In a new commercial for Hardee’s “Western Bacon Thickburger,” Padma Lakshmi, former vegetarian and current host of reality TV show Top Chef, strolls through a farmer’s market and takes up residence on an urban stoop.  She takes a burger out … Continue reading

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Hoarding Babies, Hoarding Animals

I previously blogged (here) about my essay, co-authored with  Lolita Buckner Inniss,  Multiple Anxieties: Breaching Race, Class and Gender Norms With Assisted Reproduction.  Multiple Anxieties is about is about misplaced attention on women’s bodies.   Focusing on Nadya Suleman, the … Continue reading

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What Third-Wave Feminism Brings to Animal Law

Third-wave feminists reject what they perceive as a perennial”victim”stance in feminist thinking.   (For more on third-wave wave feminism, see here).   More colloquially, third-wave feminists might say that (some) subordination is in the eyes of the beholder, not the … Continue reading

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The Choice Quandary – A Response to Bridget Crawford

Imputing a lack of agency to sentient beings of whatever type makes for a difficult row to hoe.   In the animal community there are many who feel strongly that domesticating animals is ethically wrong since it involves involuntary servitude. … Continue reading

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False Consciousness Theory in Feminism and Anti-Speciesism

In recent weeks, I have had a series of engaging conversations with my colleague, friend and Feminist Law Prof  David Cassuto, an animal law theorist.  I admit to knowing little about animal law.  I nevertheless am fascinated by what I … Continue reading

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Anthropornography

The design firm  Süperfad  has created an unusual ad for  Durex condoms, a brand of  SSL International plc.   The video – one of the”virals”on You Tube – shows pastel-colored condom balloon animals simulating all sorts of human-like sexual activity. … Continue reading

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