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4.0 out of 5 stars A very valuable book on animals and the law, 8 May 2002
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This review is from: Rattling The Cage: Towards Legal Rights for Animals (Paperback)
A very useful and well-written introduction to the legal status of chimpanzees and bonobos. Steven Wise argues that our primate cousins should be given legal rights, but argues this on the grounds that they share our cognitive skills, as opposed to the usual animal rights argument (from Jeremy Bentham to Peter Singer) that the mental ability of animals is irrelevant compared to their capacity for suffering. While I hope that Wise's book will do much to improve the lot of chimps and bonobos, I wonder how much good it will do for the wider animal rights movement.
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