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Rattling The Cage: Towards Legal Rights for Animals Paperback – 12 Jul 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; New edition edition (12 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861972741
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861972743
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,586,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Inside the illustrative cover, of a primate's hand hanging onto a mesh of bars, American lawyer Steve Wise shows that he too has claws. Having defended non-humans in lawsuits for over 20 years after being inspired by Peter Singer's seminal work, Animal Liberation, Wise sets out his stall to persuade that certain non-humans, specifically chimpanzees and bonobos (pygmy chimps) who share 98.3 per cent of our DNA, are entitled to limited "dignity rights" of bodily integrity and liberty. Couching his argument in determinedly jargon-free language--for the benefit of us chumps rather than chimps--he canters through a chronology of rights, human and non, from Aristotle's assertion that animals lacked the ability to reason or think, through centuries of a subsequently hierarchical Great Chain of Being. Wise compares the law to a brick wall, strengthened by the Greeks, Romans and early Christians, but he perceives it finally crumbling due to its unfair intellectual foundations. Recent studies by eminent primatologists such as Jane Goodall and Professor Susan Savage-Rumbaugh increasingly show a state of consciousness in chimpanzees that place them on a par with young children, and possibly above the severely mentally disabled. Wise contentiously asserts that this degree of autonomy should decide the level of legal rights, creating an animal Magna Carta which would see them re-classified as "persons" rather than "chattels", with humane, if not quite human, rights.

Understandably, Wise is strongest on the legal history, and to the non-specialist mind, his explanations of the vagaries of the law are lucid and helpful. Indeed, they almost dominate a book that at times seems uncertain whether its two strands--the legal and the scientific--truly do come together. What it certainly does provide is a necessarily urgent corrective to our everyday complacency about non-humans, adding to recent valuable literature on the subject, such as Richard D Ryder's updated Animal Revolution and JM Coetzee's polemical novel, The Lives of Animals. In his bid to take the chimp from the laboratory to the courtroom, Steve Wise adds vigorous and unapologetically passionate flesh to the bones of our compassion, which on its own too often proves not enough. --David Vincent --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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