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1. Holdron, Courtney. The Case for Legal Personhood for Nonhuman Animals and the Elimination of their Status as Property in Canada.

Degree: 2013, University of Toronto

This article proposes that the legal relationship between humans and nonhuman animals in Canada must be redefined. It will be shown that the current Canadian legal system is based on the assumption of human superiority, which has resulted in the interests of nonhuman animals being given little to no legal consideration since at law they are merely property. This conceptualization of our relationship with nonhuman animals, and the resulting harm that it causes to them is in direct conflict with developments over the last century in science, ethics, and the laws, policies and jurisprudence of various countries. These developments support the argument that nonhuman animals are entitled to have their interests considered in law. This article proposes that the relationship in Canada be redefined to eliminate the property status of nonhuman animals, and that the new relationship should take the form of nonhuman animals being granted the status of legal persons.

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Advisors/Committee Members: Green, Andrew, Law.

Subjects/Keywords: animal legal person; animals as property; animal law in Canada; 0398

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APA (6th Edition):

Holdron, C. (2013). The Case for Legal Personhood for Nonhuman Animals and the Elimination of their Status as Property in Canada. (Masters Thesis). University of Toronto. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1807/42864

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Holdron, Courtney. “The Case for Legal Personhood for Nonhuman Animals and the Elimination of their Status as Property in Canada.” 2013. Masters Thesis, University of Toronto. Accessed April 08, 2020. http://hdl.handle.net/1807/42864.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Holdron, Courtney. “The Case for Legal Personhood for Nonhuman Animals and the Elimination of their Status as Property in Canada.” 2013. Web. 08 Apr 2020.

Vancouver:

Holdron C. The Case for Legal Personhood for Nonhuman Animals and the Elimination of their Status as Property in Canada. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. University of Toronto; 2013. [cited 2020 Apr 08]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/42864.

Council of Science Editors:

Holdron C. The Case for Legal Personhood for Nonhuman Animals and the Elimination of their Status as Property in Canada. [Masters Thesis]. University of Toronto; 2013. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/42864

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