News FocusANIMAL RIGHTS

A Road Map for Animal Rights

Science  01 Apr 2011:
Vol. 332, Issue 6025, pp. 30-31
DOI: 10.1126/science.332.6025.30

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For 30 years, Steven Wise, a lawyer, legal scholar, and founder of the Nonhuman Rights Project, has been working toward the goal of establishing personhood and legal rights for animals. Wise now says his group is close to filing lawsuits on behalf of intelligent animals such as chimpanzees and dolphins in an attempt to convince courts that at least some nonhuman animals meet the requirements of legal personhood and should be accorded certain basic rights. As improbable as it may sound, there's a chance he will succeed, other legal scholars say.