2007 Animal L. Comm. Newsl. 1 (2007)

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Spring 2007


Animal Law Committee


WHO SPEAKS FOR THE ANIMALS?
By: Wendy Anderson

   I represent crazy cat ladies. In particular, I represent
those who care for stray cats. Yes, the vast majority of
these caregivers, in the order of 80%, are women. And
yes, many of them wear tennis shoes; some, sweatshirts
stamped with paw prints. But in the past two years I
have come to realize that these cat ladies have a unique
voice that needs to be heard in the public policy debate
on legal protections for animals. In particular, the pub-
lic needs to know that their definition of protection is
rooted in sterilization, not humane killing; and more-
over, that they are dedicated to protecting individual
animals, and do so at great personal cost. But their


voices aren't heard.
That women have long
been marginalized is a
historic fact, and that
the  legal remedies
have been incomplete
is a present reality. As
lawyers   concerned
with animal issues, we need to be aware of who is and
isn't speaking of animals today, and why.


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