Saturday, March 04, 2006

Pets and a more informed debate

Speaking of more informed debates as Lefty Justin does below, this might be of interest: a little over 21% of Americans think that the 1st Amendment is about guaranteeing a right to keep pets.

This from the new McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum survey. See here for the full, damning, but very funny indictment of our ignorance! Hat tip to the Empirical Legal Studies blog, which also notes regarding the inalienable right to life, liberty and pets:
I am always interested in finding examples of exotic constitutional claims—i.e., "rights talk" data points—and I have see this one in action before. Specifically, it was a constitutional right to own 400-pound Bengal-Siberian tigers (and maybe cougars as well): "I think it's my right as a U.S. citizen to have these cats.... If people say we can't have them, they're messing with my constitutional rights." Alex Tresniowski and Gabrielle Cosgriff, Cat Fanciers: With an Increasing Number of Texans Keeping Tigers as Pets, Some in the State Fear More Maulings and Deaths, People, April 16, 2001, at 111.


Blogger Justin Cox said...

Has anyone ever referred to you as a smartass before, Righty Sean?

5:45 PM  

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