Thursday, August 01, 2002

The reviewer confuses animal rights with animal welfare. The distinction is important. See "On the Meaning of 'Elitism'".

NATURE REVIEWS WISE’S "DRAWING THE LINE"

Nature 418, 369 - 370 (25 Jul 2002) DOI: 10.1038/418369a Book Review
The question of animal rights
Diana Reiss

...should specific levels of cognitive ability really determine which organisms deserve rights and humane treatment and which do not?

If Wise's ultimate goal is to rally public support for legal rights for non-human animals, his extreme argument may in fact undermine a much stronger argument that he could be making: that humane scientific research on animal intelligence and behaviour should inform and exert a greater influence on legal and scientific policies regarding animal protection, welfare and conservation.....