How do you see animals? As separate from the mammal Homo sapiens (that’s humans), as inanimate moving objects that you can own and do to as you please or as sentient beings that are part of species that have often been roaming the planet for much longer than we humans have and deserve respect and have rights?
It’s all connected, how we treat each other and how we treat non-human animals. Emancipation and inclusivity among humans go hand in hand with emancipation of non-human animals. Humans are mere mammals and they aren’t a very smart species.
Below are relevant videos. Within the realm of legal scholarship and bioethics, the field of animal rights is taking up increasingly more attention.
Bede Carmody at TEDxCanberra: A bird they called dinner
Simone Reyes at TEDxOrangeCoast: Animal rights — birth of an activist
Carl Safina at TEDxMidAtlantic: What animals are thinking and feeling, and why it should matter
Lawyer Lesli Bisgould at TEDxUofT: It’s time to re-evaluate our relationship with animals
Lawyer Glenn Cohen at TEDxCambridge: Are There Non-human Persons? Are There Non-person Humans?
Lawyer Saskia L. Stucki on The “Animal Person” as Legal Persons: Personhood Beyond the Human: (talk given at Yale)
Lucy Perkins on NPR site: Chimps In Habeas Corpus Case Will No Longer Be Used For Research
David Kravets in Ars Technica: No habeas corpus; chimps are lab “property”
Mihnea Tanasescu in Scientific American: Rivers Get Human Rights: They Can Sue to Protect Themselves
Antonio Regolado in Technology Review: Human-Animal Chimeras Are Gestating on U.S. Research Farms
J.B. MacKinnon in The Atlantic: It’s Tough Being a Right Whale These Days