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BY Jim Cosgrove

October 24-30, 1999 Issue | Posted 10/24/99 at 2:00 PM


Pro-lifers are still fighting to win protections for unborn children. But animals are gaining new legal status all the time.

“Law schools at Harvard and Georgetown announced this past summer that they would offer courses in animal law for the first time,” reported the Washington-based Family Research Council in an Oct. 18 press release.

“Steve Wise, who'll teach the Harvard course in the spring, once listed a captive dolphin named Rainbow as the plaintiff in a suit against an aquarium. Wise has argued that rights to bodily integrity and liberty should be given to chimpanzees,” said the release.