At Brock University in a fourth-year seminar course on animals and the law, we extensively discuss great apes advocacy. On June 10, 2008 I made a blog entry defending such advocacy against Francione's attack on the Great Ape Project, which he used to support but no longer does. Rethinking these issues has occasioned me to revise the earlier entry in that I more clearly outline that the pragmatist approach has four major advantages over Francione's negativist proposal, and shares the advantage that his enjoys of utterly criticizing speciesist arguments that beings should have rights because they have human-like cognitive characteristics.
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Sztybel, David. "Animal Rights Law: Fundamentalism versus Pragmatism". Journal for Critical Animal Studies 5 (1) (2007): 1-37.
Short version of "Animal Rights Law".
Sztybel, David. "Incrementalist Animal Law: Welcome to the Real World".
Sztybel, David. "Sztybelian Pragmatism versus Francionist Pseudo-Pragmatism".
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