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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, (1996) 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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This note was uploaded on 09/24/2010 for the course BOUIZAN 352140 taught by Professor Scroeba during the Spring '10 term at Acton School of Business.

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