Leiden Law Blog


Tag: Animals

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Cast a vote, change this world

    Cast a vote, change this world

    Can you cast a vote on one of the EP candidates next week? Congratulations, you are probably among the most wealthy and happy people in the world. But which EU party to vote for if your most primitive needs, and many more, are already fulfilled?
  • 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?