The court unanimously rejected an attempt by the Scottish National Party to force a vote next October. The decision is unlikely to stem the heated debate over independence that has loomed over British politics for a decade. Scotland last held a vote on the issue in 2014, when voters rejected the prospect of independence by 55% to 45%.
Chief Standing Bear of the Ponca tribe was the central figure of an 1879 court case that established that Native Americans are “persons” under the law. Standing Bear’s desire to honor his son’s wish that he be buried in his Nebraska birthplace led to the trial for which he is best remembered today.
Like most people, we believe that animals are not toasters. This view, however, is not shared by our Civil Code. From a legal standpoint, a dog or a cow is no different than a toaster or a chair: all are considered moveable property. Quebec law thus assimilates the act of hurting or abusing an animal to the destruction of property. Not only is this concept morally questionable, but it also clashes with how the majority of Quebec citizens think.
Today Sophie and I were in court to see a Judge in order to file…