Should, and could certain animals become legal persons? In the USA, the Nonhuman Rights Project by Steven Wise put this question high on the agenda. It started lawsuits aiming to give chimpanzees the legal status of ‘persons’. In this series we explore the ethical and legal ins and outs of the debate on animal legal personhood. We start with a lecture on the ethics, by dr. Bernice Bovenkerk.
Bernice Bovenkerk is assistant professor of philosophy at Wageningen University. Her research and teaching deals with issues in animal and environmental ethics, the ethics of climate change, and political philosophy. Current topics are the moral status of animals and other natural entities, with a particular focus on fish and insects, the ethics of animal domestication, animal (dis)enhancement, and deliberative democracy. She received her PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia, on a dissertation titled The Biotechnology Debate. Democracy in the face of intractable disagreement. She has recently edited a collected volume titled Animal Ethics in the Age of Humans. Blurring boundaries in human-animal relationships. Bernice is chair of the Dutch working group on environmental ethics and secretary-elect of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics. Her homepage is bernicebovenkerk.com
The Nonhuman Rights Project
Sunday 13 November, 20.00 hrs, Steve Wise will visit Studium Generale Wageningen. More info will follow!