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Drawing the Line

Science and the Case for Animal Rights

Are we ready for parrots and dolphins to be treated as persons before the law? In this unprecedented exploration of animal cognition along the evolutionary spectrum-from infants and children to other intelligent primates, from dolphins, parrots, elephants, and dogs to colonies of honeybees-Steve Wise finds answers to the big question in animal rights today: Where do we draw the line? Readers will be enthralled as they follow Wise's firsthand account of the world's most famous animal experts at work: Cynthia Moss and the touchingly affectionate families of Amboseli Irene Pepperberg and her amazing and witty African Grey parrot, Alex and Penny Paterson with the formidable gorilla Koko. Les mer

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Are we ready for parrots and dolphins to be treated as persons before the law? In this unprecedented exploration of animal cognition along the evolutionary spectrum-from infants and children to other intelligent primates, from dolphins, parrots, elephants, and dogs to colonies of honeybees-Steve Wise finds answers to the big question in animal rights today: Where do we draw the line? Readers will be enthralled as they follow Wise's firsthand account of the world's most famous animal experts at work: Cynthia Moss and the touchingly affectionate families of Amboseli Irene Pepperberg and her amazing and witty African Grey parrot, Alex and Penny Paterson with the formidable gorilla Koko. In many cases, Wise was able to sustain an extended conversation with these extraordinary creatures. No one with even a shred of curiosity about animal intelligence or justice will want to miss this book.

Detaljer

Forlag
Perseus Books
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
336
ISBN
9780738208107
Utgivelsesår
2003
Format
23 x 16 cm

Om forfatteren

Steven M. Wise, J.D., has practiced animal law for over twenty years and has taught at the Harvard, Vermont, and John Marshall law schools. He is President of the centre for the Expansion of Fundamental Rights, which he founded in 1995. The author of Rattling the Cage, praised by Cass Sunstein as "an impassioned, fascinating, and in many ways startling book" (New York Times Book Review), and Drawing the Line, which Nature called "provocative and disturbing," he has been profiled nationally by such publications as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Time magazine.

Kunders vurdering

M
Malla – 22.05.2007

– Steven Wise har vært dyrerettsadvokat i mer enn 20 år, og i denne boken analyserer han flere dyrearters oppførsel og intelligens, for så å klassifisere dem på en skala etter hvor omfattende beskyttelse de bør ha under formell lov. Han konkluderer med at noen arter bør ha grunnleggende rettigheter, mens andre ikke kvalifiserer. Boken er interessant på flere plan. På den ene siden inneholder den rett og slett mange fascinerende vitnemål over dyrs evner, og på den andre siden gir den innsikt i mekanismene som i dag hindrer dyr å nyte beskyttelse under loven. Jeg synes boken var litt tung i starten, men alt i alt var den både underholdende og informativ, og ikke minst viktig for saken Wise har kjempet for i så mange år.

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