“Envisioning an Animal Anti-Cruelty Agency

David Cassuto

The Shameless Self-Promotion Desk is back in business:  Herewith an article about an article by me and a former student of mine calling for the creation of federal animal protection agencies in the United States and Brazil.  You can find the original piece here.

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Summer Job at Compassion Over Killing

David Cassuto

From the email — a cool-looking summer gig.

SUMMER LITIGATION INTERN POSITION
Compassion Over Killing (COK) is seeking Litigation Interns for Summer, 2011 (unpaid). Compassion Over Killing is a national nonprofit (501(c)(3)) animal advocacy organization. Working to end animal abuse since 1995, COK focuses on ending and preventing cruelty to animals in agriculture. The 2011 Summer Litigation Interns will work with COK’s Legal Advocacy Program in our West Coast office in Torrance, California.     Continue reading

Sunstein Filibuster Broken

The Senate voted 65-35 today for cloture on the Sunstein appointment.  That means an up or down vote on his appointment will likely happen later this week.  A little more here.  The wingnut jamboree continues, however, as Glenn Beck has thrown his formidable lack of sense or decorum into the fray.  More on this as it develops.

–David Cassuto

Sunstein… More on the Inertia Sweepstakes

Yes, there are other things to blog about but the Cass Sunstein nomination saga is both perversely fascinating and important.  Sunstein’s views on animal issues are at best tangential to the position of Head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.  Yet, they are raising Republican dander like nobody’s business.  Today, Senator John Cornyn placed another hold on the nomination, all but eliminating any chance Sunstein will be confirmed before the August recess.

As this post points out, Sunstein has the support of the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board while his views on regulatory policy have raised some eyebrows among liberal advocacy groups.

“We have concerns about some of his academic writings regarding his approach to regulatory policy and regulatory review,” Bill Samuel, AFL-CIO legislative director, told The Chicago Tribune. “We want to hear more from him about how he intends to approach regulatory policy.”

It would seem that no constituency is entirely happy with his candidacy.  Some in the animal advocacy community are as unenthused as our friends in the Senate.  Maybe that means if Sunstein ever gets confirmed, he’ll be beholden to no one.  Or, of course, it might mean he’ll owe everyone.  So far, it’s looking more like the latter.

–David Cassuto

Animal Issues Front & Center at Sunstein Confirmation Hearing

Cass Sunstein, President Obama’s choice for administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (a sort of Administrative Law Czar), is a law academic (U of Chicago and now Harvard) and an advocate and scholar of animal law.  He supports (among other things) the creation of a private right of action for animal protection statutes and the acknowledgment that such statutes create a basic foundation of rights (legally enforceable claims) for animals.  That and the fact that he once called for the abolition of hunting made his hearing less than smooth.  More details here; some posts about Sunstein here and here.

–David Cassuto