Location

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Start Date

16-4-2011 2:00 PM

End Date

16-4-2011 3:30 PM

Description

A primate having legal rights is a controversial topic these days. Many other countries around the world support the idea of great apes having legal rights, because we for one are one of the five great primates. Others do not support this trending topic as much as others. These types of people believe that great apes such as chimpanzees are superb testing animals for medical purposes, because of the fact that they are closely related to mankind. Organizations such as Great Ape Protection, work towards protecting the rights of these great apes since they cannot speak for themselves. In many other countries, the legal rights of great apes are already official, although here in the United States people are still debating on this sensitive topic. Here we are presenting both arguments toward great apes able to have legal rights.

Keywords

Animal rights; Primates; Speciesism

Disciplines

Bioethics and Medical Ethics | Ethics and Political Philosophy | Law | Legal Theory | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

Language

English

 
Apr 16th, 2:00 PM Apr 16th, 3:30 PM

Should primates have legal rights?

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

A primate having legal rights is a controversial topic these days. Many other countries around the world support the idea of great apes having legal rights, because we for one are one of the five great primates. Others do not support this trending topic as much as others. These types of people believe that great apes such as chimpanzees are superb testing animals for medical purposes, because of the fact that they are closely related to mankind. Organizations such as Great Ape Protection, work towards protecting the rights of these great apes since they cannot speak for themselves. In many other countries, the legal rights of great apes are already official, although here in the United States people are still debating on this sensitive topic. Here we are presenting both arguments toward great apes able to have legal rights.