AR-News: RFI, legal cases that challenge nonhumans' property status

Robert Friedlander robertfriedlander at
Tue Aug 19 21:44:41 EDT 2003

Here are some other cases.

Brousseau v. Rosenthal, 443 N.Y.S.2d 285, 286 (N.Y. Civ. Ct. 1980)
Animal Hosp. of Elmont v. Gianfrancisco, 418 N.Y.S.2d 992, 994 (N.Y. Dist. Ct. 1979)
Erwin v. Animal Med. Ctr. 8/29/96 N.Y.L.J. 24 (col. 4) (N.Y. Civ. Ct. 1996)
Matthew v. Klinger, 10/7/97 N.Y.L.J. 29 (col. 3) (N.Y. Civ. Ct. 1997) 
Rabideau v. City of Racine, 627 N.W.2d 795 (Supreme Court of Wisconsin 2001) 

Robert S. Friedlander
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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Joan Dunayer 
  To: AR News 
  Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2003 4:46 PM
  Subject: AR-News: RFI, legal cases that challenge nonhumans' property status

  Dear AR Advocate:

  Do you know of any legal cases, other than those listed below, in which a plaintiff, defendant, or judge has explicitly challenged the standard categorization of nonhuman animals as property?

  Corso v. Crawford Dog and Cat Hospital (1979)
  State v. LeVasseur (1980)
  CEASE v. New England Aquarium (1993)
  Bueckner v. Hamel (1994)
  Morgan v. Kroupa (1997)
  Rabideau v. City of Racine (2001)

  Are any such cases underway with regard to nonhuman apes or other animals?

  I need the information for a book I'm writing on speciesism. Thank you for your assistance and for everything you do to help nonhuman animals.


  Joan Dunayer (author of Animal Equality: Language and Liberation)
  7806 Fairborn Court
  Derwood, MD 20855-2227
  Phone: 301-330-9547
  Fax: 301-869-2079
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