Justice Michael Kirby speaks

Have you ever read a book that changed your life? The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG has. The former Justice of the High Court, Kirby read Animal Law in Australasia. He never ate meat again.

The Hon Michael Kirby

I am not a vegan or a fanatic who threw out his leather shoes.

Just an ordinary Australian Joe who has given up meat and chicken and is finding veggies strangely interesting. Just as my mother tried to tell me so many years ago!

I have found that many young lawyers are connected with this issue. It started with me at a book launch. It changed my life. Animal welfare law is now being taught in 6 of Australia’s 33 Law Schools. There is a demand for the subject.

Animals are not things. They are creatures like us humans,  that feel fear, love, anger, horror. This is a proper subject for legal reflection. Even carnivores should be more engaged with animal welfare laws. Meat does not come ready made  in plastic at supermarkets. There is a slaughterhouse, you know.

A headline event at Law Week this year, From human rights to biological rights: protecting animals and the biosphere sees the Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG speak on how a new dimension of rights jurisprudence is likely to extend to animal welfare and the biosphere. Why is this movement towards greater protection of animals inevitable? Find out more and book tickets here. This one will sell out.

Presented by Lawyers for Animals, and supported by Victoria University Law School.

Event details
When: Tuesday 15 May 2012, 5:45-7pm
Where: Victoria Law School
295 Queen Street
(enter courtyard via Little Lonsdale Street)


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