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Debating Animals as Legal Persons

On January 5, 2008, the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) held an Open Program on Debating Animals as Legal Persons as part of the AALS annual conference. Defining personhood for purposes of allocating legal rights is a highly problematic endeavor. Nonhuman animals, although sentient beings, are treated as property under the law. They are legal things and thus excluded from legal personhood. This session explored the legal and normative basis for personhood and why nonhuman animals have been excluded from its ambit.

This is Part 1. Part 2 is here.

See the whole video here on Google.

This is such an important issue as we start to build a framework for how we'll regular our experimental technologies before bring them to market. While I'm a bit of an elitist and deem most animals in abundance as having depleting value, i think it is necessary to explore our regulatory prowess.....great talk. Thanks for the link
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