Nonhuman Persons

TitleNonhuman Persons
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsSkipper, RB, Connolly, P, Althaus, RA, Malm, H
Date Published01/2016
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
AbstractIn 2013, the NhRP had embarked on a mission of filing civil lawsuits, state by state and as funding allows, with the goal of getting certain animals recognized as legal persons. While there are many groups dedicated to animal welfare, the NhRP, according to its website, is “the only organization working through the common law to achieve actual LEGAL rights for members of species other than our own.” The group believes that a legal person is a being capable of possessing certain rights, such as the right to bodily integrity and the right to bodily liberty. A case can be made against animal research if the animals involved have the right to bodily integrity; a case can be made against captivity if the animals have a right to bodily liberty. But none of these cases can get off the ground unless animals are recognized as legal persons. 
NotesCase from the 2016 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl National Competition © 2016 by Robert Boyd Skipper, Peggy Connolly, Ruth Ann Althaus, Heidi Malm