by James Huffman
Hoover Institution
May 22, 2014
Because animals cannot speak for themselves, people will do the talking. Rather than allow some people to petition the courts as if they are the animals, it is better to recognize that Tommy and other nonhuman creatures on our shrinking planet exist at the mercy of humans and that individual humans have varying perspectives on the legitimate uses and treatment of animals. Such disagreements are best sorted out in the democratic legislative process with competing interests each making their best arguments.

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