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Unlocking the Cage (2016)

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Between 2013 and 2015, a group of nonprofit attorneys seek nonhuman clients for whom they can advocate in two U.S. territories, in order to establish legal personhood for elephants, cetaceans and nonhuman apes in the U.S.
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Follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans, by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform a chimpanzee from a 'thing' with no rights to a 'person' with legal protections.

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22 June 2016 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

L'avocat des chimpanzés See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA


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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,624, 3 June 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,560, 29 July 2016
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Self-righteous one-sided stupidity
24 May 2017 | by BasicLogicSee all my reviews

I'd like to ask those two reviewers from San Diego who gave this ridiculous film with high(est) rating. So you guys are animal right hugger, right? How about the chicken's right? Cow-cattle right? Who gives you the right to hire horse jockeys racing horses and bet on them? What about the greyhounds' animal right? Who gives the right to cage birds ripping their right to fly freely? You guys categorized dogs and cats as PETS, but once you either cannot afford having such luxury or the patience, you get rid of them to the humane society for adoption, but if nobody take them, they would be terminated by lethal injection. Why use ape and elephant here? There are so many animals in the zoo, did you ever care for their rights? This is such a phony farce and you guys praised it? How do you like your steaks being prepared, Sir? Medium rare? You prefer chicken breast because it's white meat? You really enjoyed this film? Yeah, I know you guys are Christians, so you treat apes and elephants like your brothers.

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