Animals as Persons
Book: Gary L Francione 2008, Animals as persons: essays on the abolition of animal exploitation. New York: Columbia University Press.
From a review by Robert Yates, see http://interface-articles.googlegroups.com/web/yates.pdf?
"Francione argues that real progress for nonhuman animals requires them to become moral persons. He says they become moral persons ‘if we extend the right not to be property to animals’. This idea is likely to create further controversy for Francione, yet he explains that his conceptualisation of animal personhood is limited and practical: ‘To say a being is a person is merely to say that the being has morally significant interests, that the principle of equal consideration applies to that being, that the being is not a thing.’ (http://interface-articles.googlegroups.com/web/yates.pdf?)