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26 November 2000 Issue

PRESTIGIOUS PHILOSOPHY JOURNAL CHALLENGES THE SPECIES BARRIER

The academic community in Spain has recently released the 2000 Edition (No.7) of LAGUNA - The Journal of Philosophy (ISSN 1132-8177). The journal contains three sections; the second section is entitled "Ethics Transcending Species?"

The section features, among other articles, "El Proyecto Gran Simio y El Concepto de Persona" (The Great Ape Project and the Idea of Personhood), by Paula Casal and Peter Singer of The Great Ape Project <www.greatapeproject.org>. Notably, Peter Singer's book ANIMAL LIBERATION (with an Introduction by Paula Casal) was recently published for the first time in the Spanish language.

LAGUNA 2000 also features "Personalidad Legal y Simios Antropoides" (Legal Personality and Great Apes) by Lee Hall of Great Ape Standing & Personhood <www.personhood.org>. Hall is also a volunteer with Proyecto Gran Simio, the Spanish branch of The Great Ape Project.

Both articles discuss the personalities of non-human great apes, the overlap of relevant characteristics pertaining to human and non-human apes, and the arbitrariness of granting legal protections to human beings alone. Non-human persons mentioned in the articles include chimpanzees who now reside at the Fauna Foundation in Canada, after years of enduring biomedical research at the Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates of New York.

This publication is a hopeful sign for the future of non-human interests in Spain. Moreover, the fact that so much of this prestigious journal is devoted to a study of non-human interests also reflects the continued success and worldwide impact of The Great Ape Project, launched by the groundbreaking book of the same title (Paola Cavalieri and Peter Singer, Eds. 1993).

LAGUNA 2000 is a 405-page paperback book, published by the Facultad de Filosofía, Universidad de la Laguna, Spain. It is available through the office of Secretary Manuel Liz Gutiérrez at <manuliz@ull.es>. It is published in Spanish.

Source: LeeHall@sprynet.com

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