Founder of Nonhuman Rights Project on "Talking Animals"

Talking Animals Feb 06 2013 9:00AM - 10:00AM Add to Calendar

My guest on "Talking Animals" Feb. 6 will be Steven Wise, the founder and president of the Nonhuman Rights Project, Inc.

Wise is also an attorney, author (among his four books: “Drawing The Line—Science and the Case For Animal Rights”), professor and legal scholar who specializes in animal protection issues, primatology and animal intelligence.

Founded by Wise in 2007, the Nonhuman Rights Project describes itself as "the only group fighting for actual LEGAL rights for members of species other than our own. The way our law currently categorizes animals is wrong; it’s time for that to change.”

The NhRP seeks to alter the current status of animals, legally defined as property, eroding the legal wall separating humans from nonhumans through litigation, gaining legal “personhood” for nonhuman animals—with the initial emphasis on those considered the most intelligent, such as chimpanzees, elephants and dolphins.

Wise has practiced animal protection law for 30 years, and has taught related topics at various law schools, including Harvard Law School.

Steven Wise will speak with us live on "Talking Animals" on Feb. 6 at 9am ET, and listeners are invited to participate in the conversation by calling (813-239-9663) or e-mailing (



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