Useful Resources

A selection of resources are listed below to encourage further reading on legal personhood for nonhuman animals and the field of animal ethics. Please feel free to contact with suggested additions.

Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) Resources

  • Blogs, interviews and case literature are available on The NHRP website.
  • Keynote Lecture by Professor Steven Wise, delivered at the 2015 Voiceless Animal Law Lecture Series: Beyond the Cage.
  • Unlocking the Cage, a 2016 documentary about the NHRP directed by Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker.

Legislation and Case Law

Journal Articles

Books and Dissertations

  • Favre, D. Animal Law: Welfare, Interests, and Rights (Wolters Kluwer, 2008).
  • Francione, G. Rain Without Thunder: The Ideology of the Animal Rights Movement (Temple University Press, 1996).
  • Francione, G. Animals, Property, and the Law (Temple University Press, 1995).
  • Francione, G. Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? (Temple University Press, 2000).
  • Nussbaum, M.C. Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2006).
  • O’Donnell, E. Dissertation: Constructing the aquatic environment as a legal subject: legal rights, market participation, and the power of narrative (University of Melbourne Law School, 2017).
  • Regan, T. The Case for Animal Rights (University of California Press, 1983).
  • Schaffner, J.E. An Introduction to Animals and the Law (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).
  • Stone, C.D. Should trees have standing? Law, morality and the environment (Oxford University Press, 3rd ed., 2010).
  • Wise, S.M. Drawing the Line: Science and the Case for Animal Rights (Perseus, 2002).
  • Wise, S.M. Rattling the Cage: Towards Legal Rights for Animals (Persus, 2000).
  • Wise, S.M. Though the Heavens May Fall: The Landmark Trial That Led to the End of Human Slavery (Da Capo Press 2005).

Selected Textbook Chapters on Ethics

  • Bruce, A. Animal Law in Australia: An Integrated Approach (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2018) – Chapter 2: Development of Contemporary Animal Law.
  • Cao, D. & White, S. (eds.) Animal Law and Welfare – International Perspectives (Springer, 2016) – Chapter 4: Science, Animal Ethics and the Law (Verrinder, J.M., McGrath, N. & Phillips, C.J.C.).
  • Cao, D. Animal Law in Australia and New Zealand (Lawbook Co, 2nd ed., 2015) – Chapter 1: Animals: Morality, Science and Justice and Chapter 3: Legal Status of Animals.
  • Sankoff, P. & White, S. (eds.) Animal Law in Australasia (The Federation Press, 2009) –  Chapter 4: Exploring Different Philosophical Approaches to Animal Protection in Law (White, S.) and Chapter 6: The Use and Misuse of ‘Rights Talk’ by the Animal Rights Movement (Bourke, D.).
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