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Sun Feb 24, 2019, 09:27 AM

Should Lake Erie have legal rights like a person?

TOLEDO — The failing health of Lake Erie, the world’s 11th-largest lake, is at the heart of one of the most unusual questions to appear on an American ballot: Should a body of water be given rights normally associated with those granted to a person?

Voters in Toledo will be asked this week to decide whether Lake Erie, which supports the economies of four states, one Canadian province and the cities of Toledo, Cleveland and Buffalo, New York, has the legal right “to exist, flourish and naturally evolve.”

The peculiar ballot question comes amid a string of environmental calamities at the lake — poisonous algae blooms in summer, runoff containing fertilizer and animal manure, and a constant threat from invasive fish. But this special election is not merely symbolic. It is legal strategy: If the lake gets legal rights, the theory goes, people can sue polluters on its behalf.

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20190224/should-lake-erie-get-legal-rights-like-person-toledo-voters-to-decide

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Reply Should Lake Erie have legal rights like a person? (Original post)
Ohiogal Feb 2019 OP
dameatball Feb 2019 #1
Ohiogal Feb 2019 #3
rampartc Feb 2019 #2
Ohiogal Feb 2019 #4
democratisphere Feb 2019 #5
WheelWalker Feb 2019 #6
SWBTATTReg Feb 2019 #7
Marcuse Feb 2019 #8

Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 09:30 AM

1. Sure, why not? Corporations are people already.

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Response to dameatball (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 09:47 AM

3. Exactly my thought, dameatball!

Great minds .....

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 09:39 AM

2. supporters of the lake could incorporate

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Response to rampartc (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 09:47 AM

4. Another plus!

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 10:02 AM

5. Lake Erie and ALL the Great Lakes should ABSOLUTELY have legal rights!

Lake Erie and ALL the Great Lakes have a soul. Corporations are psychopaths and have no conscience, no remorse and certainly no soul.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 10:08 AM

6. Same legal rights as a zombie...

Another case of the living dead.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 12:14 PM

7. How clever...will watch this effort for I think if it is successful in doing what the ultimate ...

goal is (better representation in all legal / etc. issues for body of water), all bodies of water could fall into this category, and perhaps other geologic formations too, e.g., Mark Twain forest, Hell Creek rock formation, etc.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2019, 03:42 PM

8. Gaia vs. Pollution, Inc. Assault with intent to kill.

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