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Cases to Determine if Animals Have Legal Rights

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Excerpt: "Lawyers are looking at cases like this to determine not just who's right and who's wrong, but who has rights. Specifically whether animals like Emma and Jackson or dogs and cats have rights - legal rights that courts should protect.

Legal rights for animals? It's not such a radical idea anymore. The nation's top law schools like Columbia, Harvard and Yale are actively discussing ways to expand animal rights.

Paul Waldau teaches at Yale.

"Do you think, in our lifetime, we'll see animals get rights that are protected in courts?" Schlesinger asked.

"Yes. Whether or not it's a particularly immediate breakthrough, if it takes another decade, the point is, it's clearly coming," Waldau said.

But the law has not yet caught up with the emotions in Emma and Jackson's case."


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