Animals as Legal Persons? Film Screening and Panel Discussion

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Event date: 
Monday, March 20, 2017 - 17:30
Name of Organization: 
Student Animal Law Association of Dalhousie
Contact Email: 
Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library 5440 Spring Garden Rd. Halifax

Canada’s biggest animal law event of the year!
Hosted by Student Animal Law Association of Dalhousie

While being human is biologically determined, being a “person” in the eyes of the law is not. “Personhood” is a construct and entities other than humans, e.g., corporations, can be persons. In Animals as Legal Persons?, we will be engaging with the idea that cognitively complex nonhuman animals deserve recognition as legal persons who possess certain fundamental rights such as bodily liberty and bodily integrity.

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5:30pm – Doors open

6:00pm – Free film screening of the 2016 documentary Unlocking the Cage (Unlocking the Cage follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans.)

7:30pm – Break

7:40pm – Panel discussion


Chair: Professor Vaughan Black – Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University