Sunstein Redux

Will Harvard’s Cass Sunstein become an animal advocate in the White House? If confirmed by the Senate as the Head of the Office of Management and Budget’s Office ofInformation & Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), Sunstein would be responsible for the office which reviews all regulatory proposals from the Administration.  Yesterday, June 30, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) put a hold on Sunstein’s nomination — specifically culling out his writings which explore the ability of animals to file lawsuits with humans acting as their representatives.  While Chambliss asserts this would lead to a farmer being sued by his own livestock, I don’t think Sunstein’s writings are all that different than people filing litigation on behalf of natural resources, children, or other beings or things without the ability to speak.

–Alexandra Dunn

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