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Rattling The Cage: Toward Legal Rights For Animals

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Rattling the Cage explains how the failure to recognize the basic legal rights of chimpanzees and bonobos in light of modern scientific findings creates a glaring contradiction in our law. In this witty, moving, persuasive, and impeccably researched argument, Wise demonstrates that the cognitive, emotional, and social capacities of these apes entitle them to freedom from i ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 11th 2001 by Da Capo Press (first published 2000)
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Matthew
Feb 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
"Rattling the Cage" should be required reading for law professors, law students, lawmakers, and anyone even remotely interested in living an ethical life. This book lays out a solid case for eliminating the legal and moral classification of non-human species as 'things' for no other reason than their membership in collective non-humanity. The author lays out the historical and theological roots of the Western view that non-human life does not matter in and of itself, and shows that these underpi ...more
Lori Schiele
"Rattling the Cage" was released in 2001, unlike "Unlocking the Cage" which is a documentary about the same topic created years later. The topic? The "personhood" of nonhuman animals--specifically apes: chimpanzees, bonobos mostly.
The author is a lawyer who has practiced animal law and protection for over three decades and is also the president of the "Nonanimal Rights Projects" --a group of over 400 (and climbing) number of lawyers working pro bono with more and more animal rights classes for u
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Morgan Djuna Sorais Harrigan
Feb 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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This book is intensely real and very very important. Reading this made me want to get up and make a lot of change. I recommend this for any and all animal lovers. I also recommend this to anyone interested in justice and ethics.
Shirley
Fascinating!
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pop animal rights theory/law
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Steven M. Wise (born 1952) is an American legal scholar who specializes in animal protection issues, primatology, and animal intelligence. He teaches animal rights law at Harvard Law School, Vermont Law School, John Marshall Law School, Lewis & Clark Law School, and Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. He is a former president of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and founder and president ...more

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