Gerry Canavan

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‘In 2008 the Spanish Parliament Came to a Similar Conclusion for Great Apes That Would Grant Limited Personhood Rights to Nonhuman Animals for the First Time So That … They “Should Enjoy the Right to Life, Freedom and Not to Be Tortured”‘

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What would it mean to grant personhood to whales, dolphins, monkeys, and great apes? Scientific American reports. There’s also this bit:

This is not as radical an idea as it may sound. The law is fully capable of making and unmaking “persons” in the strictly legal sense. For example, one Supreme Court case in 1894 (Lockwood, Ex Parte 154 U.S. 116) decided that it was up to the states “to determine whether the word ‘person’ as therein used [in the statute] is confined to males, and whether women are admitted to practice law in that commonwealth.” As atrocious as this ruling sounds, such a precedent continued well into the twentieth century and, in 1931, a Massachusetts judge ruled that women could be denied eligibility to jury status because the word “person” was a term that could be interpreted by the court.

1931!

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March 9, 2012 at 10:52 am

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