This is an extraordinary Ted X presentation by Steven Wise founder of the Non Human Rights Project on why chimpanzees ‘(and other animals) legal status needs to be changed from ‘thing’ to ‘person’. For those of us who love animals and understand their voicelessness at the hands of people, this talk represents a sweeping step in the right direction.
“Chimpanzees are people too, you know. Ok, not exactly. But lawyer Steven Wise has spent the last 30 years working to change these animals’ status from “things” to “persons.” It’s not a matter of legal semantics; as he describes in this fascinating talk, recognizing that animals like chimps have extraordinary cognitive capabilities and rethinking the way we treat them — legally — is no less than a moral duty.”