4_Species_rights2011 - Man is the only animal that blushes....

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Click to edit Master subtitle style “Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.” -- Mark Twain
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Should other species have rights?
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1386 execution of a pig in Falaise, France http://www.animalcriminology.com/trial.jpg
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Introduction Animal trials in Europe Contemporary debates: pit bull “Punish the deed, not the breed”? http://www.monty-python.com/mp/cover.gif http://www.classicalvalues.com/Princess.jpg
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Moral and legal status of “things” What is the moral and legal status of “things,” including environmental things? Animal subaltern? Should other species have rights? Which ones? Are rights necessary? Partial legal personhood
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Animal trials: examples http://www.animalcriminology.com/
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Animal trials: patterns When? 9th – 20th centuries Especially 1450 - 1700 Where? Vast range Most in Catholic-dominated areas Why? Genesis 3:14-15 Exodus 21:28 Genesis 9:5-6 Written and religious foundation
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What? Individual suits against domestic animals in secular court Domestic pig went to secular court Lawsuits against groups of animals, tried in ecclesiastical tribunals as public nuisance Capable of large scale destroy to human resources Pattern: Implicitly, animals are treated as humans, but human are not held responsible
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Trial process and proceedings Animal trial proceedings = human trial proceedings Single legal community Reducing ontological distance between “[hu]man” and “beast” http://www.imareal.oeaw.ac.at/mad/mad.jpg
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Legal personhood In trials, animals attributed partial legal personhood “…a jural construction consigning certain rights and liabilities to specific individuals…” (Spender) The concept of property is both complementary and
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