Antoine Goetschel does not actually talk to the
animals. That doesn't
mean he can't figuratively walk with them as their lawyer, he says.
Goetschel is the first to admit that the concept of lawyers for
animals at first strikes most people as frankly bizarre.
"It's to be expected," he said in an interview. "It's part of the game
that new ideas aren't taken seriously at first, but in the end they
wind up being adopted."
It is an idea that was adopted some years ago by his native canton of
Zurich in Switzerland, which created the official post of "lawyer for
animal welfare in criminal matters," and Goetschel is currently that
lawyer - the only one of his professional breed in the world today.