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Transition Rather Than Revolution: the Gradual Road Towards Animal Legal Personhood through the Legislature

This article was originally found at SSRN and can be found at this link: It is sometimes assumed that, in order for animals to be adequately protected by the legal system, their status first needs to change from property to person in one fell swoop. Legal personhood is perceived as the necessary requirement for animals to possess legal rights and become visible in law, distinguished from legal things. In this article I propose an alternative approach to animal legal personhood, which construes the road towards it as a gradual transition rather than a revolution. According to this alternative approach, animals become increasingly visible in law when their existing simple rights are shaped to function more like the rights of humans. Instead of a condition for the possession of rights, legal personhood should then be regarded as a (potential) consequence of growing animal rights.

Social Sciences Eva Kempers

Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Treatment of Cancer

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been in existence for thousands of years. Some of its subfields include herbal treatments, acupuncture, acupressure, tai chi and qigong. This article reviews some studies where tai chi and qigong have been used to treat a wide variety of cancer patients.

Health Robert McGee

Using Tai Chi and Qigong to Treat Cancer Symptoms.

Qigong has been a tool in the Traditional Chinese Medicine [TCM] toolbox for thousands of years. Tai chi is another related tool that is of more recent origin. Although these two types of moving meditation-type exercises have been widely known and used in China and other parts of Asia, they have become more popular as supplementary therapies for a wide range of ailments in the west only more recently. The present article reviews the results of the application of tai chi and qigong to the treatment of cancer patients. Several studies have found that the addition of tai chi or qigong to the treatment of cancer can result in significant improvement in the areas of depression, fatigue, sleep quality, anxiety, and overall quality of life.

Health Robert McGee