“Chambliss blocks regulatory pick over animal lawsuits”

Speaking of renowned Chicago law professors with reputations that cut across ideological lines: “Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) has blocked President Obama’s candidate for regulation czar, Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein, because Sunstein has argued that animals should have the right to sue humans in court.” [The Hill; mostly favorable coverage of Sunstein’s nomination and views at my other site, Point of Law].


  • You know, normally i don’t like the idea of having animals sue in court, but I would be very curious to have seen the result of “Bubbles the Chimp v. Michael Jackson.”

  • I know that if I were sued in court by a chimp, a cow or perhaps a sheep, I would welcome the chance to see a lawyer being instructed by a client of superior intelligence.


  • Bush meat, anyone?

  • I am reading one of Sunstein’s books. It is difficult to tell sometimes when he is just posing a questions for theoretical discussion and when he is discussing serious policy. It is easy to see why he and Obama are good friends. Obama pushed the CPSIA’s labeling requirements which go into effect in August and I am left wondering if Sunstein was an advisor on this item. (Congressional Record [Congressional Record: March 5, 2008 (Senate)] [Page S1600-S1606])
    SA 4113. Mr. REID (for Mr. Obama (for himself and Mr. Cardin))
    submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by Mr. Reid to the bill
    S. 2663, to reform the Consumer Product Safety Commission to provide
    greater protection for children’s products, to improve the screening of
    noncompliant consumer products, to improve the effectiveness of
    consumer product recall programs, and for other purposes; which was
    ordered to lie on the table; as follows:
    On page 103, after line 12, insert the following:

    and it goes on from there with the much loved labeling requirements required to appear on all products for children age 12 and under beginning in August.

    Sunstein seems to be something of a chameleon playing both sides of an issue so that you think he agrees with you but then does something completely different, just like his friend.

  • […] he has suggested that animals ought to be able to sue, with a little help from their human pals. (Via.) Indeed, in his 2004 book, Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions, Sunstein wrote: […]

  • Common sense has died in this country, at the hands of lawyers. Long live the lawyers!