Introduce the founder of this organization to your team during a video call lunch-and-learn, talk, panel discussion, or a similar event.
The talk will explore the history behind supporting animal rights. For over 2,000 years, Western law has seen all nonhuman animals as legal “things” without the capacity for even a single legal right, rendering their fundamental interests—in their own freedom first and foremost—legally invisible. Many people don’t realize that for most of those two millennia, millions of human beings, including women, children, indigenous peoples, slaves, were also legal “things,” who attained personhood only after protracted struggles both inside and out of courtrooms.
Through legal arguments in support of animal rights and the expert scientists who volunteer their time to assist the cause, the organization encourages judges to see certain species of animals for who they truly are: autonomous beings deserving of personhood and the right to liberty, based on scientific understandings, evolving public morality, and such fundamental values and principles of justice as liberty, autonomy, equality, and fairness. Whether talking about vulnerable human beings or nonhuman animals like the organization's client Happy, legally enforceable rights are and have always been critical to help individuals protect and, if necessary, regain their liberty and dignity—especially in circumstances where they might otherwise be powerless to confront the people or institutions responsible for depriving them of these vital aspects of existence.
This talk will explore the importance of and legal basis for nonhuman animal rights, the important difference between animal rights and animal welfare, and what progress the organization has made on the subject. It is ideal for those who are passionate about animals and want to learn how they can get involved to protect them.