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Steven M. Wise

Steven M. Wise is founder and president of the NhRP (NonHuman Rights Project). He has practiced animal protection law for 30 years throughout the US and holds a J.D. from Boston University Law School and a B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary. Publicaciones


  • Rattling the Cage: Toward Legal Rights for Animals, Perseus Books, Cambridge, MA, 2000
  • Drawing the Line: Science and the Case for Animal Rights, Perseus Publishing, Cambridge, MA, 2002.
  • Though the Heavens May Fall, Da Capo Press, Cambridge, MA, 2005
  • An American Trilogy: Death, Slavery and Dominion Along the Banks of the Cape Fear River, Da Capo Press, 2009.

Book chapters

  • “Animal law and animal sacrifice: Analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Santaria animal sacrifice in Hialeah,” in A Communion Of Subjects – Animals in Religion, Science, and Ethics (Paul Waldau and Kimberly Patton, eds. Columbia University Press 2006)
  • “Entitling Nonhuman Animals to Fundamental Legal Rights on the Basis of Practical Autonomy,” in Animals, Ethics, and Trade (Earthscan 2006)
  • “Resources on Animals and the Law,” in Animals Are the Issue – Library Resources on Animal Issues (John M. Kistler, ed., Haworth Press 2004)
  • “Animal Rights, One Step at a Time,”in Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions (Cass Sunstein and Martha Nussbaum, eds., Oxford University Press 2004)
  • “Untitled,” The State of the Animals II (Humane Society of the United States, 2003)
  • “A Great Shout – Breaking the Barriers to Legal Rights for Great Apes,” in Great Apes and Humans – The Ethics of Coexistence (Smithsonian Press, 2001), reprinted in Animal Law (Clare Palmer, ed. The International Library on Rights, Ashgate Publishing, forthcoming 2008), and in The Animal Ethics Reader (Susan J. Armstrong and Richard G. Boltzler, eds. Routledge 2003)

Law review articles

  • “The Writ De Homine Replegiando: A Common Law Path to Nonhuman Animal Rights” (with Blake M. Mills) 25 George Mason University C.R. Law Journal 159 (2015)
  • “Nonhuman Rights to Personhood” text of the Dyson Lecture published in the Pace Environmental Law Review Vol. 30, Issue 3 (2013).
  • “Legal Personhood and the Nonhuman Rights Project” 17 Animal Law 1 (2010)
  • “Commentary, An Argument for the Basic Legal Rights of Farmed Animals,” Michigan Law Review First Impressions 106 (2008)
  • “Arguments in favour of basic legal rights for nonhumans,” Reform (Australian Law Reform Commission March, 2008)
  • “The entitlement of chimpanzees to the common law writs of habeas corpus and de homine replegiando to challenge their legal thinghood,” 37(2) Golden Gate Law Review 219 (2007)
  • “Rattling the Cage Defended,” 43 Boston College Law Review 623 (2002)
  • “Legal status of nonhuman animals,” 8 Animal Law 1 (2002)(symposium participant)
  • “Animal Thing to Animal Person – Thoughts on Time, Place, and Theories,” 5 Animal Law 59 (1999)
  • “Hardly a Revolution – The Eligibility of Nonhuman Animals for Dignity-Rights in a Liberal Democracy,” 22 Vermont Law Review 793(1998)
  • “Recovery of Common Law Damages of Emotional Distress and Loss of Society for the Wrongful Deaths of Companion Animals,” 4 Animal Law 33 (1998)
  • Dr. Jane Goodall and Steven M. Wise, “Why Chimpanzees are Entitled to Fundamental Legal Rights,” Joint Presentation to Senior Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association, August 2, 1996, reprinted in 3 Animal Law 61 (1997)
  • “Legal Rights for Nonhuman Animals: The Case for Chimpanzees and Bonobos,” 2 Animal Law 179 (1996).
  • “The Legal Thinghood of Nonhuman Animals,” 23(2) Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review 471 (1996), reprinted in Private Law Review (2003) and 4 Private Law Review (2004)(China University of Politics and Law Publishing)
  • “How Nonhuman Animals Became Trapped in a Nonexistent Universe,” 1 Animal Law 15 (1995)
  • “Scientific experimental conduct is not protected by the First Amendment,” 6(4) Boston Bar Journal 20 (Sept./ Oct., 1992)
  • “Of Farm Animals and Justice,” 3 Pace Environmental Law Review 191 (1986)

Encyclopedia articles

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