Does a fish need a lawyer?
March 7, 2010 11:24am CST
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that in Zurich, "(L)ast month, Antoine Goetschel went to court here in defense of an unusual client: a 22-pound pike that had fought a fisherman for 10 minutes before surrendering. Mr. Goetschel is the official animal lawyer for the Swiss canton of Zurich, a sort of public defender who represents the interests of pets, farm animals and wildlife. He wound up with the pike as a client when animal-welfare groups filed a complaint alleging animal cruelty in the fish's epic battle with an amateur angler." Something does not seem right here. Do you think animals need a lawyer? And, how about a jury of their peers? That is a trial I want to attend! Makes me wonder if I should leave my money in the charge of the Swiss. But that is just me, what do you think?