Friday, April 21 - 7:00 PM
Chautauqua Community House
$12.00 ($9.00 Concert Member)
“Unlocking the Cage” follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans. Arguing that cognitively complex animals such as chimpanzees, whales, dolphins and elephants have the capacity for limited personhood rights, Steve and his legal team are making history by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform a chimpanzee from a “thing” with no rights to a “person” with legal protections. “Unlocking the Cage” captures a monumental shift in our culture, as the public and judicial system show increasing receptiveness to Steve’s impassioned arguments. It is an intimate look at a lawsuit that could forever transform our legal system, and one man’s lifelong quest to protect “nonhuman” animals.
Dr. Marc Bekoff, author and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado will lead a post screening discussion.
Running time: 90 minutes