Sunday, April 26, 2015

Animals as Metaphysical, Moral, And/Or Legal Persons

In Historic Ruling, Pair of Chimpanzees Recognized as 'Legal Persons' | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

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For the first time in U.S. history, a judge has effectively recognized two chimpanzees as legal persons, in an order Monday which will allow a pair of research primates—Hercules and Leo—to seek relief from unlawful imprisonment.

Are Animals People? | Talking Philosophy
Since corporations are legal persons, it hardly seems absurd to make animals into legal people. After all, higher animals are certainly closer to human persons than are corporate persons. These animals can think, feel and suffer—things that actual people do but corporate people cannot. So, if it is not absurd for Hobby Lobby to be a legal person, it is not absurd for my husky to be a legal person. Or perhaps I should just incorporate my husky and thus create a person.

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