Preview of Law Review Article on Animal Legal Rights

An interesting law review article that could well impact the debate on legal personhood will publish in the Arizona State Law Journal later this year or in early 2013. The author, Professor Richard Cupp, Vice Dean and John W. Wade Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law, compares the history and foundation of children’s legal rights with arguments offered to support legal rights for intelligent animals such as chimpanzees. The article, entitled “Children, Chimps, and Rights Arguments from ‘Marginal’ Cases,” challenges efforts to base animal rights on the precedent of granting rights to children. It concludes that a legal rights paradigm is a poor fit for animals, and that courts and legislatures should instead focus on humans’ responsibility to treat animals with appropriate care. The article may be downloaded now from the Social Science Research Network, at:


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