Focusing on Human Responsibility Rather than Legal Personhood for Nonhuman Animals

18 Pages Posted: 29 May 2016 Last revised: 28 Jun 2016

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Richard L. Cupp

Pepperdine University - Rick J. Caruso School of Law

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

This essay supports an emphasis on evolving standards of human responsibility for animals’ welfare and critiques the concept of legal personhood for chimpanzees set forth in the plaintiff’s brief in the State of New York Supreme Court, County of New York lawsuit The Nonhuman Rights Project, Inc. v. Lavery. The essay is being published alongside a brief by Professor Laurence Tribe supporting concepts in the lawsuit and alongside the Nonhuman Rights Project’s case brief.

Keywords: Human rights, disability rights, animal law, legal personhood, animal legal personhood, animal personhood, animal rights, jurisprudence, legal philosophy, disability law

Suggested Citation

Cupp, R.L., Focusing on Human Responsibility Rather than Legal Personhood for Nonhuman Animals (2016). 33 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 517 (2016), Pepperdine University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 17, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2784890

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