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Animal Law Podcast #24: Jenni James and the Case of Bow-Hunting Cruelty

By Mariann Sullivan — May 24, 2017

Welcome to the 24th episode of the Animal Law Podcast! Mariann is joined by Jenni James, counsel for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Foundation. Through lawsuits, support for new legislation, and other legal efforts, Jenni pushes authorities to create and enforce local, state, and federal laws designed to help animals who are used and abused.

On this episode we are going to be talking about Cohhn v Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, which is currently pending in the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. This case brings together a number of interesting and important themes, including the potential uses of taxpayer standing (hint: Maryland is pretty special here!), the hideous cruelty of bow-hunting, and the tendency for exceptions to cruelty laws to grow much bigger than they were meant to be because of the completely erroneous assumption that, if something is exempted from a cruelty law, that means it’s not cruel.


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