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Animal RightsCurrent Debates and New Directions$
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Cass R. Sunstein and Martha C. Nussbaum

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305104

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305104.001.0001

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Animal Rights, One Step at a Time

Animal Rights, One Step at a Time

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Animal Rights

Steven M. Wise

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the legal system should recognise animal rights one step at a time. It outlines the various obstacles to the recognition of the basic legal rights for any nonhuman animal including physical, economic, political, religious, historical, legal, and psychological rights. The chapter contends that animals should have rights if they have something called practical autonomy, and discusses the relevant issue of the abolition of human slavery in the U.S.A.

Keywords:   animal rights, legal system, legal rights, nonhuman animal, practical autonomy, human slavery, U.S.A.

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