violate the animals' privacy rights

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Doglips, May 9, 2002.

  1. Doglips

    Doglips Guest

    God Bless the librals...for they are very strange...

    National Zoo Cites Privacy Concerns in Its Refusal to Release Animal's

    By James V. Grimaldi
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Monday, May 6, 2002; Page E12

    Thousands of people have peered in on the National Zoo's PandaCam to see Tian Tian and Mei Xiang cavorting. They have surfed to the zoo Web site's ElephantCam to watch the most intimate moments between Shanti and the pachyderm's newborn calf. And they have tuned into the Naked Mole-Rat Cam to follow the subterranean rodent's tubular meanderings. But don't ask to see their medical records. You won't get them.
    The Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo has taken the position that viewing animal medical records would violate the animal's right to privacy and be an intrusion into the zookeeper-animal relationship.

    The notion that animals have a right to privacy is, from a legal
    standpoint, odd, because courts have long held that they don't.
    This all comes by way of a request for said information from
    Washington Post staff writer D'Vera Cohn, who recently asked the the National Zoo for animal medical records and necropsy and pathology reports from one of Washington's most renowned institutions after the death of Ryma, a beloved giraffe.

    The reply came in an e-mail letter from Zoo Director Lucy Spelman. The answer was no, The Post cannot see animal medical records, only "detailed summaries prepared by the individual generating those records or reports." The reason: Releasing medical records would violate the animals' privacy rights.
  2. PAPA G

    PAPA G G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    what else can one expect from Wacko Land???

  3. Big Dog

    Big Dog Retired IT Dinosaur Wrangler Forum Contributor

    Dang, this could devastate the bird watching community! Next thing, Hunter's will be called murderers, oh yeah, we are already! Momentarily forgot PETA. They seem to forget the Good Lord gave Adam the right to use the beasts of the field.

    SPOCAHP ANAR G&G Enthusiast

    sorry wrong post

    Last edited: May 10, 2002