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Angus Nurse and Tanya Wyatt

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529204346

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529204346.001.0001

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Animal Rights and Wildlife Rights

Animal Rights and Wildlife Rights

(p.95) 7 Animal Rights and Wildlife Rights
Wildlife Criminology

Angus Nurse

Tanya Wyatt

Policy Press

This chapter examines issues around animal rights and wildlife rights exploring the notion of wildlife as belonging to ‘no-one’ or as belonging to ‘everyone’ in a manner that arguably should create a form of rights. Animal rights debates often centre around the need to provide rights for recognized sentient species (chimpanzees, dolphins, apes) and this chapter critically considers these debates, arguing that our exploitation of wildlife amounts to an infringement of certain rights. The chapter also contrasts the greater level of protection and limited rights provided to companion animals with that provided to wildlife, and argues for a limited extension of rights to wildlife in the form of legal personhood that protects them from certain forms of exploitation. The chapter includes case studies of the recent US case that attempted to argue for legal personhood in respect of several chimpanzees and the Argentine case that granted legal personhood to the Orang-utan, Sandra.

Keywords:   Legal personhood, Animal rights, Wildlife rights, Animal welfare

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