The Greater CatchPosted by Tom Linney, Animal Law Program Staff Attorney on April 30, 2012
Several months ago I read a story in the newspaper that stuck with me. It was about a man that shot and killed a 14-foot, 880-pound alligator in Texas. Apparently, the alligator was one of the biggest recorded in Texas since 1984. The article provided details on how the hunt came to be and the measures used to pull the enormous alligator out of the water that it rolled in to after being shot. Of course we see hunting stories like this quite frequently in the news so it wasn’t the subject of the article that stuck with me, but rather the profession of the man that killed the alligator. He was an attorney.
And that got me thinking about all the ALDF attorney members that have so selflessly donated their time and energy to help ALDF fight to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. They have spent hundreds of hours doing legal research, writing amicus briefs, and litigating cases. In their leisure time, instead of killing animals, they are helping their communities by volunteering at local humane societies, meeting with legislators and testifying at committee hearings involving animal issues, and taking action on local animal cruelty cases.
This attorney said the kill was the thrill of his hunting career and the newspaper included a picture of him standing proudly next to the lifeless body. Meanwhile, thousands of attorneys across the country go publicly unrecognized for the good work they do for animals. I wish our community honored attorneys for the size of their hearts, not for the size of their kills. So thank you ALDF attorney members – you are the greater catch.