söndag 21 december 2014

Lecture with Steven M. Wise, Unlocking the Cage, dolphin rights, and more

This evenings blog post contains a mix with different subjects. The connection between them is legal rights for nonhuman animals. I hope you will enjoy!

Animal rights lawyer Steven M. Wise visited Sweden this summer. He gave a lecture in the city Båstad. Peter Nilsson posted the lecture on his animal rights blog in October, that’s where I saw it first. I found it very interesting so I’ll share it as well.

Lecture with Steven M. Wise

Steven M. Wise is an animal rights lawyer he is also the founder and president of the Nonhuman Rights Project. He’s been working with the issue concerning legal rights for nonhuman animals for more than 30 years.

In the documentary Unlocking the Cage two filmmakers are following Wise as he goes to court battling for the rights of a few nonhuman animals. I’m very much looking forward watching Unlocking the Cage it seems very interesting and exciting! The documentary is produced by Frazer Pennebaker and Rosadel Varela.

Find more info about Unlocking the Cage here and on Kickstarter.

About Unlocking the Cage

As I mentioned Steven M. Wise and the Nonhuman Rights Project went to court representing a few individuals. Unfortunately they lost one of the cases – the one known as the Tommy Case where they represented a 26 year-old chimpanzee named Tommy. Read more about it in New York Daily News here and on Steven Wise’s blog here.

Chimpanzee in cage - Rörelse för djurrätt
A chimpanzee in a cage. Photo courtesy: Animal Equality.

If you want to know more about legal rights for animals here’s a list of literature by Steven M. Wise:

Dolphin rights!

To end this blog post with something more cheerful I can tell you a little about something that happened in India last year, it has to do with dolphins!
In May of 2013 India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests decided to ban import of dolphins in the whole country. The ministry wants to protect dolphins and other cetaceans from exploitation, for example in dolphin and orca whale (also known as killer whale) shows.

“Whereas cetaceans in general are highly intelligent and sensitive, and various scientists who have researched dolphin behavior have suggested that the unusually high intelligence; as compared to other animals means that dolphin should be seen as ‘non-human persons’ and as such should have their own specific rights and is morally unacceptable to keep them captive for entertainment purpose”
B. S. Bonal, the member secretary of the Central Zoo Authority of India.
Find more info here and here.

Killer whale in captivity - Rörelse för djurrätt
Orca whale in captivity. Photo courtesy: Blackfish.

I personally find the topic of legal rights for animals very interesting. I hope to be able to return to it in a similar way again. That's all for now!
Have a nice evening!

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