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WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON?
Should a Chimp Be Able to Sue Its Owner?
By CHARLES SIEBERT
NYT Magazine • April 23, 2014
Alex Prager for The New York Times. Animatronic chimpanzee: AnimatedFX.
Location: Diane Markoff’s DC Stages, Los Angeles. Props: Colin Roddick. Stylist:
Callan Stokes.
The Diane Rehms Show In the U.S. there are many laws on the books to protect animals from abuse. But a group of lawyers is trying to take animal rights a huge step further. Led by long=me animal advocate Steven Wise, the non-­‐human rights project filed a lawsuit recently on behalf of a chimpanzee named Tommy. Ci=ng evidence of the cogni=ve sophis=ca=on of chimps and other species, the group ul=mately seeks personhood status for animals. A number of leading primatologists are among those who support the effort. But there is also enormous opposi=on – on legal, moral and prac=cal grounds. Diane and her guests discuss the fight for legal rights for animals. Guests included Steven Wise lawyer and president of the Nonhuman Rights Project; author of "RaQling the Cage: Toward Legal Rights for Animals." Charles Siebert poet, journalist, essayist and contribu=ng writer for The New York Times magazine. Robert Destro professor of law and director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Law & Religion, Columbus School of Law, at The Catholic University of America. Alan Di4rich president of the MassachuseQs Society for Medical Research. hQp://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2014-­‐04-­‐28/fight-­‐legal-­‐rights-­‐animals STEVEN WISE:
YES, RESEARCH SHOULD STOP ON CHIMPANZEES IMMEDIATELY, AS I
SPEAK. IT IS GROTESQUE, IT IS IMMORAL. I THINK THAT THE DOCTOR MAY
WANT TO THINK WHAT HIS GRANDCHILDREN ARE GOING TO THINK OF HIM
AND WHAT HIS PLACE IN HISTORY IS. HE'S ON THE WRONG SIDE OF
HISTORY. HE'S STILL ADVOCATING AS -- AND I DEBATED HIS
PREDECESSORS 30 YEARS AGO. AND I HEAR THE SAME ARGUMENTS.
AND HE'S STILL ADVOCATING ENSLAVING AND BRUTALIZING AND
TERRIBLY EXPLOITING BEINGS THAT ARE EXTRAORDINARILY AS
COMPLICATED AND COGNITIVELY COMPLEX AND AUTONOMOUS AND SELFDETERMINED AS ARE CHIMPANZEES. THEY'RE PLACED IN SOLITARY
CONFINEMENT.
THE FIGHT FOR LEGAL RIGHTS FOR ANIMALS
Jayne Mackta | Monday, April 28th | View on The Diane Rehm Show
Mr. Wise confounds this serious and sophisticated discussion with emotional blackmail peppered with the careful
choice of inflammatory language. It weakens his case.
THE FIGHT FOR LEGAL RIGHTS FOR ANIMALS
Jayne Mackta | Monday, April 28th | View on The Diane Rehm Show
Mr. Wise confounds this serious and sophisticated discussion with emotional blackmail peppered with the careful
choice of inflammatory language. It weakens his case.
The_Truth_Seeker replied | Monday, April 28th | View on The Diane Rehm Show
You are probably neither a scientist, nor a lawyer, so what do you actually "know" about any of this topic?
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