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April 26, 2018

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Rats, Rights and Research: A Debate on Animal Rights
Last Featured: 12/5/2001

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For 4000 years, a legal wall has separated humans from the rest of the animal world...but now some are trying to tear that wall down. Given that they share 99 percent DNA with humans, should chimpanzees be treated as people with basic rights? What would that mean for medicine? For science?... for zoos and circuses? Should the U.S. constitution say “we the people, and other animals?``

Steven Wise is the author of ‘Rattling the Cage, Toward Legal Rights for Animals,’ the former president of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Mr. Wise has taught animal rights law courses at Harvard, Vermont and John Marshall Law School. He co-founded with chimpanzee researcher, Jane Goodall, the Center for the Expansion of Fundamental Rights which is working to secure the rights to bodily integrity and liberty for some nonhuman animals.

Richard Epstein is a professor of law at the University of Chicago where he has taught contracts, property, torts, criminal law, health law, workers compensation and political theory. A prolific author, his most recent book is ‘Principles for a Free Society,’ reconciling individual liberty with a common good. Since 1984, he has been a senior fellow at the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1985.

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"When a chimpanzee mother comforts her frightened infant, we say she is behaving like a human and when a human being resorts to insane violence, we say he is acting like an animal. Perhaps it's the other way around."

— Wayne Grady

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
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Animal Legal Defense Fund
University of California Center for Animal Alternatives
Great Ape Project
Barnard, Neal D. and Stephen R. Kaufman. “Animal Research is Wasteful and Misleading.” Scientific American, February 1997.
National Association for Biomedical Research Lab Animal Issues
Jack H. Botting and Adrian R. Morrison.
Introduction to Animal Rights : Your Child or the Dog?
by Gary L. Francione, Alan Watson
Rattling the Cage : Toward Legal Rights for Animals
by Steven M. Wise, Jane Goodall
Sacred Cows and Golden Geese : The Human Cost of Experiments on Animals
by C. Ray Greek, Jean Swingle Greek, Jane Goodall
The Human Use of Animals : Case Studies in Ethical Choice
by F. Barbara Orlans
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