Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Court Rules Against Chimpanzee Personhood

Three New York courts have rejected one group's legal effort to grant captive chimpanzees in that state the same rights as a "legal person." This is a can of worms that no court wants to touch and I can understand why. Its decision would open the doors for all kind of animal rights organizations seeking human rights for every creature all the way down the sentience quotient scale. Although the Chimpanzee personhood effort failed its first legal tests, the group says it will appeal the courts' decisions as this outcomes allows the Nonhuman Rights Project to proceed to the appellate courts.

The Nonhuman Rights Project is seeking human rights on behalf of four chimpanzees in New York state last week in a bid to get them "right to bodily liberty." The suits asked that the four chimpanzees be moved to a sanctuary "where they can live out their days with others of their kind in an environment as close to the wild as is possible in North America.

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