By Steven M. Wise

Rattling the Cage explains how the failure to acknowledge the elemental felony rights of chimpanzees and bonobos in mild of contemporary medical findings creates a obvious contradiction in our legislations. during this witty, relocating, persuasive, and impeccably researched argument, clever demonstrates that the cognitive, emotional, and social capacities of those apes entitle them to freedom from imprisonment and abuse.

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