Unlocking the cage : science and the case for animal rights /
Pennebaker Hegedus Films and HBO Documenatary films present, in co-production with BBC, Arte France, and VPRO; directed by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker ; produced by Frazer Pennebaker ; edited by Pax Wasserman ; produced by Rosadel Varela.
New York : First Run Features, 2016.
1 videodisc (approximately 91 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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New York : First Run Features, 2016.
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Music composerd by James Lavino.
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Bonus material: Music video, "Meant to be free" (original song by Steve Wise and Alex Forbes).
Follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans. After thirty years of struggling with ineffective animal welfare laws, Steve and his legal team, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), are making history by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform an animal from a thing with no rights to a person with legal protections. Supported by affidavits from primatologists around the world, Steve maintains that, based on scientific evidence, cognitively complex animals such as chimpanzees, whales, dolphins, and elephants have the capacity for limited personhood rights (such as bodily liberty) that would protect them from physical abuse. Using writs of habeas corpus (historically used to free humans from unlawful imprisonment), Wise argues on behalf of four captive chimpanzees in New York State. Unlocking the Cage captures a monumental shift in our culture, as the public and judicial system show increasing receptiveness to Steve's impassioned arguments. It is an intimate look at a lawsuit that could forever transform our legal system, and one man's lifelong quest to protect "nonhuman" animals.
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Optional English subtitles.
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