Professor Richard Cupp Quoted in "The Elephant Who Could Be a Person" -- The Atlantic
Professor Richard L. Cupp is quoted in The Atlantic article, "The Elephant Who Could Be a Person." The article addresses a lawsuit currently before the New York Court of Appeals, which the article describes as "the most important animal rights case of the 21st Century." Professor Cupp is an advocate for appropriately expanding animal welfare protections, but he supports maintaining a clear legal distinction between humans and nonhuman animals.
In discussing another relevant lawsuit, the article states:
The Pepperdine law professor Richard Cupp, an ardent opponent of animal personhood, observed, about Justice the horse, "Any case that could lead to billions of animals having the potential to file lawsuits is a shocker in the biggest way. Once you say a horse or dog or cat can personally sue over being abused, it's not too big a jump to say, 'Well, we're kind of establishing that they're legal persons with that. And legal persons can't be eaten.'"
The complete article may be found at The Atlantic