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Progressive Punitivism in the Animal Protection Movement

Juno, the dog from Oregon v. Newcomb. Image courtesy BarkPost. A while ago, I read and commented on Oregon v. Newcomb, a Fourth Amendment case involving animal cruelty charges. The

Facing Criminal Charges to Save Animals, Part V: The Meaning of Doing Time for the Animals

Part IPart IIPart IIIPart IV There are lots of interesting cases involving animal welfare, animal rights, and the complicated terrain of animal personhood. But what is unique to the criminal

Facing Criminal Charges to Save Animals, Part IV: Planning Legal Strategy

Australian animal rights activists protesting during a criminaltrial of an activist for trespassing an animal culling operation. Part IPart IIPart III Trials of animal rights activists can be seen as

Facing Criminal Charges to Save Animals, Part III: Planning Open Rescue in the Shadow of the Law

Arrest during a protest in Petaluma. Photo credit: DxE. Whether or not the necessity defense applies, or should apply, to open rescue, is a doctrinal legal question. As a law

Facing Criminal Charges for Saving Animals, Part II: The Necessity Defense

Activist rescuing pigs. Photo courtesy DxE. Part I here The necessity defense is recognized in common law as a situation in which a person violates the law in order to

Facing Criminal Charges for Saving Animals, Part I: Open Rescue

DxE activists with rescued birds. Image courtesy Indybay. Hello, friends! I’m writing this from the Harvard Animal Law Policy Program, where I am a Visiting Fellow this fall. My plan for