About the BookAn animal rights lawyer explains how the failure to recognize the basic rights of chimpanzees and bonobos in light of modern scientific findings creates a glaring contradiction in our law. "A path-breaking book that makes it impossible to continue thinking of animals as mere property".--Peter Singer, Princeton University.
Book SynopsisRattling the Cage explains how the failure to recognize the basic legal rights of chimpanzees and bonobos in light of modern scientific findings creates a glaring contradiction in our law. In this witty, moving, persuasive, and impeccably researched argument, Wise demonstrates that the cognitive, emotional, and social capacities of these apes entitle them to freedom from imprisonment and abuse.
About the AuthorSteven 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 Center 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.