Live Chat: Should Animals Be Granted Legal Rights?

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This week, an animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed a series of lawsuits in New York courts in an attempt to get judges to declare that chimpanzees are legal persons. The move is just the first step in a nationwide campaign to grant chimps, dolphins, elephants, and other cognitively advanced creatures rights and free them from captivity, whether it be a zoo or a research lab. Should animals have rights? What impact would “legal personhood” have on scientific research? And can researchers and animal rights advocates find common ground?

Join us on Friday, 6 December, at 1 p.m. EST on this page for a live video chat. Our guests will be two experts on opposite sides of this polarizing debate. Be sure to leave your queries for them in the comment box below.