From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: “ Watching the Numbers and Charting the Losses—of Species ,” by Verlyn Klinkenborg (Editorial Observer, Oct. And Mr. Klinkenborg’s conclusion that an international effort similar to what is happening to address the current global financial crisis will be necessary to protect species prompts a question. What would it cost to stabilize our planet’s biological health by protecting species and their natural habitats?

Steven M. Wise on Legal Rights for Animals

Animal Ethics

But a change in the common law (which Germany does not have) may be the most likely of all. An animal’s species is irrelevant to his or her entitlement to liberty rights; any who possesses practical autonomy has what is sufficient for basic rights as a matter of liberty. Rowan, Public Policy Series [Washington, DC: Humane Society Press, 2003], 99-105, at 103 [endnotes omitted The legal rights of nonhuman animals might first be achieved in any of three ways.

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The Secrets Inside Your Dog’s Mind

4 The Love Of Animals

No one in the room–neither dog nor human–can tell which cup hides the biscuit. Understanding a pointed finger may seem easy, but consider this: while humans and canines can do it naturally, no other known species in the animal kingdom can. It’s no coincidence that the two species that pass Hare’s pointing test also share a profound cross-species bond. “Humans are unique. Indeed, they even started to make very human mistakes.

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