Monday, July 18, 2016

Unlocking The Cage Movie Premier Portland Screening Review 7/7

Saw "Unlocking the Cage" at the historic Hollywood Theater the other week, a very powerful and timely film for the vegan movement. No doubt the legal precedent set by Steve Wise and his amazing  team, in their fight for animal rights of person-hood, will go down as a landmark effort in this grand struggle. It was also a pleasure to see Steve and the filmmakers after the showing, for some informative and inspiring Q&A.

This subject reminds of an episode of The Big Question, an excellent BBC series that explores all kinds of social mores-especially religious ones-and this one dived headlong into the question of great apes having rights.

More info on Unlocking The Cage:
UNLOCKING THE CAGE follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans. After 30 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. 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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