In 1975, Peter Singer drew attention to the phenomenon of Speciesism. This ideology defies elementary rules of equality, yet most people are (unconsciously) speciesists. Jurists, as guardians of the equality principle, should be familiar with the ideology.
The WTO Appellate Body in May upheld the EU’s seal products ban as being necessary to protect public morals. The question arises whether the protection of ‘cute and cuddly’ seals on this ground is a precursor to a de facto human rights clause in WTO law.