It's certainly a bizarre argument. I don't know what percent of the Swiss
go fishing, but if this sort of thing gains traction in their legal system, I would
assume it's very
low. When I was in college, a girl had spent a
semester in the Philippines. We were at the student center, and this girl was
talking about how the men in a particular region would gather around 4pm,
hunt down a dog, and then eat it. Most of the other students gathered were
horrified at this, even after the girl tried to explain that it was a traditional
male bonding sort of thing in that area. If the Swiss want to elevate fish to
citizens, c'est la vie. That's one of the reasons the USA is not a member of
the World Court.
I do recognize the need to protect certain non-human life forms, but man began fishing and hunting before written history. It's in our nature, and explains the excitement and satisfaction even a child experiences when catching a fish. Lawyers enjoy playing advocate, and the lawyer in this case
states that he is excited about the challenge. He also expresses doubt that
the Swiss would be willing to appoint an attorney to represent a fish. No doubt his own human instincts play a part in that doubt.
Now if that Planet of the Apes stuff comes true, we need to stand together
against those damned dirty apes.
P.S. Gun laws are being eased around the country in reaction to the perceived threat from the Obama administration. Gun sales are through the roof, and
CCW permits are way up. That's the beauty of America....
: Goetschel lost the case against the fisherman, and the Wall Street Journal's story has a different take than
the Guardian's: CLICK HERE