Leiden Law Blog


Tag: Animal Rights

  • If Slaughterhouses had Glass Walls…

    If Slaughterhouses had Glass Walls…

    We have yet to encounter a situation where the concealment of actions has aided the pursuit of justice. Lack of transparency in slaughter houses is not only harmful for the animals that are secretly beaten up, but also compromises our democratic rights.
  • Beastly Politics

    Beastly Politics

    Does the liberal democratic state defy its own basic principle of equality by denying certain beings with interests the political power to defend these fundamental interests?
  • 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.
  • Seals and public morals: space for morality-based trade restrictions?

    Seals and public morals: space for morality-based trade restrictions?

    Robert Wardle | | 0
    The WTO Appellate Body in May upheld the EU’s seal products ban as being necessary to protect public morals. The question arises whether the protection of ‘cute and cuddly’ seals on this ground is a precursor to a de facto human rights clause in WTO law.
  • 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?