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Should the Next Supreme Court Justice Be Vegan?

Written by PETA | May 7, 2010

Just about everyone has an opinion on who President Obama should nominate to the Supreme Court. Should the nominee be a mother? Should religion be a factor?

I say appoint a vegan for the post. A vegan Supreme Court justice would be another historic first and a clear indication that our nation is continuing to progress.

Cass Sunstein, the president’s pick for “regulatory czar” of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, supports strong animal protection laws and has encouraged people to reduce animal suffering by refusing to eat meat.

By putting a vegan on the bench, President Obama could help discourage animal abuse and bring about a more equitable society. We’d likely see more factory-farm and slaughterhouse workers held accountable for stomping on turkeys, hitting pigs with metal rods, or dismembering cows while they’re still conscious.

All decent people, including conservatives such as Matthew Scully, a former speechwriter for President Bush and author of Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy, believe that animals should be treated justly. A vegan Supreme Court justice could help ensure that there truly is justice for all.

Written by Heather Moore

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  • Aneliese says:

    Diet religion race gender age sexuality and nationality should not matter.

  • CN says:

    Legal scholars + animal rights. My two favorite things combined. Love smart ppl who love animals.

  • Amanda says:

    To the person above..People are elected all the time based on what they believe in and what they are capable of standing up for to make a positive change in society..that is why we have ELECTION DAY. So we can see which president takes a stand on what read their bios see what they stand for and then choose.

  • Ralph says:

    A justice will only judge for humans not animals. To appoint a vegetarian or animal activist is not a factor when they try criminal offenses of the human kind. Please just stay out of politics and help the animals.

  • Rachel A says:

    Whoever the next Supreme Court Justice is I hope she is a compassionate and enlightened individual.

  • Tom says:

    Just as race ethnicity or sexual orientation shouldn’t be a factor as they are unrelated to the job neither should one’s diet. President Obama should choose the most qualified legal mind regardless of other factors unrelated to jurisprudence.

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