Leiden Islam Blog

Dossier: Animal rights

  • The Justifiability of Zoos

    The Justifiability of Zoos

    A few days ago a 4-year old boy fell into the gorilla residence of an American zoo. A gorilla took notice and walked up to the boy. Although the gorilla showed no intention of harming the boy, he was executed on the spot. The incident caused global outrage
  • Making space for animals and their rights

    Making space for animals and their rights

    Most people, including legal scholars, still have a strong species bias. Yet there are significant developments and new insights which give good reason to expand our conception of rights beyond the human world, to include (other) animals.
  • What legal scholars should know about Speciesism

    What legal scholars should know about Speciesism

    In 1975, Peter Singer drew attention to the phenomenon of Speciesism. This ideology defies elementary rules of equality, yet most people are (unconsciously) speciesists. Jurists, as guardians of the equality principle, should be familiar with the ideology.
  • Freedom: An ongoing endeavour

    Freedom: An ongoing endeavour

    The theme of the 440th anniversary of Leiden University is freedom. Good reason to reflect on how centuries of freedom struggles have enriched us. We should also dwell on the question of whether there are calls for freedom that still remain to be answered.
  • Western governments, practice what you preach

    Western governments, practice what you preach

    Some governments call for other governments to cease committing atrocities, the likes of which they also commit themselves. But does that hypocrisy affect the message they are sending?
  • Monkey see, monkey do

    Monkey see, monkey do

    Just as Michael Jackson and his pet monkey Bubbles, Justin Bieber and his little monkey friend, Mally, are inseparable. Last week, unfortunately, Mally was seized by German customs and put into quarantine.
  • Food for thought

    Food for thought

    The meat scandal perfectly illustrates the irrational distinctions we make between species and how it influences the way we treat different kind of animals. But can we morally justify this different treatment?