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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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All Animals Are Not Equal

All Animals Are Not Equal

The Interface between Scientific Knowledge and Legislation for Animal Rights

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Animal Rights

Lesley J. Rogers

Gisela Kaplan

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses issues concerning the interface between scientific knowledge and legislation for animal rights. It reviews available and up-to-date scientific evidence for awareness of self, theory of mind, complex memory, planning actions, complex communication, and intelligence in animals. The chapter considers brain size in relation to cognitive ability and social behaviour, and mentions that even smaller brains can process information very efficiently. Based on the anomalies in animal intelligence, it cautions us against ranking species according to performance on a single task or on a single set of criteria, and against attributing higher value to one set of characteristics than another.

Keywords:   scientific knowledge, legislation, animal rights, intelligence in animals, brain size, complex communication, cognitive ability, social behaviour, awareness of self, complex memory

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