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Unformatted text preview: In addition, the Article makes a proposal for the direction of this evolutionary stride, arguing that
animals should be viewed not as property but as the holders of the fundamental rights necessary to
fulfill their nature—their telos…”
The author concludes,
“…Once this proposition is accepted, the content of animals’ rights can be developed as society
progresses toward recognizing the interests of animals. Ultimately we will have what might be
termed an Animals’ bill of Rights. We now require only the courage of our jurists to press in the
direction required under our inherited notions of the common law.” Wise, Steven M.
The Legal Thinghood of Nonhuman Animals
BOSTON COLLEGE ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS LAW REVIEW, vol. 23, no. 3, pgs 471-546,
Abstract: Giving non-human animals a legal thinghood stems from the moist primitive legal
systems. This arose from ancient hierarchical cosmologies and the triumph of man-centered
Biblical law over the secular, utilitarian law of Mesopotamia. Only in the 18th century did the
discrediting of these th...
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