Someday soon, animals might achieve legal parenthood.
Lewis & Clark Law School professor Pamela Frasch doesn’t think her views are radical, and maybe they aren’t, anymore.
It’s hard to pick up a newspaper these days without finding at least one story having to do with animal welfare. An exotic animal collector in Ohio lets loose lions and tigers, forcing police to hunt them down and kill them. Sea lions are shot and captured in order to save the salmon they eat. Animal rights protests at circuses, cat hoarders taken to jail, wolves both protected and hunted — signs are everywhere that the relationship between people and animals is shifting.
Portland is close to ground zero in this emerging cultural clash since Lewis & Clark’s recent announcement that it will become the first law school in the world to offer an advanced degree in animal law.