Friday, December 28, 2007

Tiger rights

Isn't there something in the Geneva Conventions about tiger rights? Was the tiger Mirandized before it was taken into custody?


Editor - It's time to close down the San Francisco Animal Detention Center, euphemistically known as "the Zoo." The most unfortunate and tragic tiger attack reminds us that Siberian tigers belong in ... Siberia.

Since their abduction, detained animals have no legal recourse and suffer privations of limited space and insufficient species company. From a city whose majority opposes our government's conduct at Guantanamo, I expect nothing less than dismantling and repatriation.


Mountain View


  1. Sir, I hope you're not surprised. This has become, if not a common viewpoint, one that has achieved a certain high-water mark among some communities. It stems from the fading distinction in the thinking of some between man and the rest of creation. I always mess up this quote, but someone slightly famous is supposed to have said "A pig is a dog is a boy is a rat," or something to that effect. Remember the recent effort in Spain to grant certain rights to sub-human primates?

    Of course, in some quarters the term "sub-human" would be considered a form of speciesism. To which charge I would plead guilty in modified form.

  2. Just FYI,

    The quote was: "A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy." It was made by Ingrid Newkirk, co-founder (and president) of PETA, in the September 1989 issue of Vogue.

  3. Hey, I'm just thrilled I managed to get all the right elements in the same phrase!