Forget about cross-cultural mediation – that’s chickenfeed.
Shoot… what I want to do is mediate with the damn chicken – because cross-species mediation is where it’s at. (So, why? – why did you cross the road?)
With the rise and rise of Animal Law that is exactly where we’re headed as I realised when I visited Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon recently.
Lewis & Clark, which must be one of the most picturesque law schools in the US, not only publishes Animal Law Review, the first law review in the US to be devoted exclusively to animal law, it also has the National Centre for Animal Law and hosted the 15th Annual Animal Law Conference at the end of 2007.
There is even an International Institute for Animal Law.
In case you have not been paying attention, Animal Law is a flourishing and respected mainstream field of endeavour today.
There are a growing number of lawyers with animal law practices and there are also a number of State Bar Associations that have sections devoted to this area of legal expertise!
Even the ABA has an Animal Law Committee.
This article originally appeared in the April 1999 issue of Consensus, a newspaper published jointly by the Consensus Building Institute and the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program.The meteoric rise of the...By Christopher Sheesley