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Animals v. Animals: A False Choice

Wendy Anderson and Amy Vaniotis

ABA Animal Law Committee Newsletter
Publish Date:
Spring 2008
Place of Publication: American Bar Association - Animal Law Committee
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Animals v. Animals: A False Choice

This article examines the recent policy trend that pits animal against animal.  In particular, the article focuses on the argument that feral cats are a major contributing factor to the demise of many wild bird species.  The authors contend that human population growth and encroachment into wildlife habitat is the root cause of species loss, and our attempt to blame an adaptive species like the cat avoids responsibility.  Further, the authors suggest that animal lawyers in particular must be aware of this "diversionary tactic" and attempt to refocus the policy debate on the real causes of animal death.

(Reprinted with permission)

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