NY Lawsuit Seeks 'Legal Personhood' of Chimpanzees

the daily dish More on PawNation: Causes, Chimpanzees, Chimps

A lawsuit seeking the "legal personhood" of chimpanzees was filed this week in New York by a U.S. animal rights group, according to Reuters.

New York Lawsuit Seeks 'Legal Personhood' for Chimpanzees


The petitioner, non-profit Nonhuman Rights Project, wants the New York state court to declare that a 26-year-old chimp named Tommy is "a cognitively complex autonomous legal person with the fundamental legal right not to be imprisoned." Currently, Tommy is living in captivity in what the animal rights group describes as a "small, dank, cement cage in a cavernous dark shed" in central New York.

The lawsuit is one of three being filed this week by the Nonhuman Rights Project on behalf of four chimpanzees across the state. New York was selected as the state to begin the lawsuits due to its flexibility when presented with requests for habeas corpus, a centuries-old English law that challenges unlawful detention.

"These are the first cases in an open-ended, strategic litigation campaign," Steven Wise, the president of Nonhuman Rights Project, told Reuters.

According to David Favre, a professor at Michigan State University College of Law and an expert on animal law, Tommy's case is the first instance of a habeas corpus petition filed on behalf of an animal.

"The focus here is whether a chimpanzee is a 'person' that as access to these laws," Favre told Reuters.

BONOBOS' FREE LOVE AND OTHER INTERESTING ANIMAL MATING PRACTICES:

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum

24 Comments

Filter by:
Mace

You have got to read this related fiction story by Robert A. Heinlein:
http://www.willmorgan.org/Robert_A_Heinlein-Jerry_Was_A_Man.htm

December 04 2013 at 11:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Guh

More democrat voters! I\'d say they have a very good chance since we\'ve got one for potus and several in congress.

December 04 2013 at 9:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gasaa

oddly enough, the Jewish Talmud classified primates as humans!! strange wordlist it

December 04 2013 at 9:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kmcc895370

Gee, Todo, i don't think we're in Kansas anymore!

December 04 2013 at 8:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris/Maryann

How about we let them vote too.

December 04 2013 at 8:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
seriouslyhannah

Personhood for chimps? I have heard it all. Will this one be appointed a lawyer when he rips someone's face off? That lady in CT was not an isolated case! Too many people today are 9 donuts short of a dozen...

December 04 2013 at 5:21 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
johnanzalone6

ANIMALS ARE FOR SHOOTING AND EATING

December 04 2013 at 5:21 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to johnanzalone6's comment
Blackyori

They probably think you would be tasty as well. But with a comment like yours you probably taste like you sound completely full of crap.

December 04 2013 at 7:14 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
rini1946

what that way they can go on welfare and food stamps. sorry it is a animal and should not be in someone home ask the lady that had her face ripped off.

December 04 2013 at 2:15 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Lito Abelardo

I knew it ! These animal advocates are just like any advocates of formerly unacceptable causes. Give you fingers and they'll take your whole arm. Open the door and they'll not stop at anything. So much for compassion in this avenue that is bordering idiocy.

December 04 2013 at 1:53 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
garylee123

As soon as the chimp writes the petition (in legible English) and reads it in court, I'll think about it.

December 04 2013 at 12:45 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

Who is Cutest?

Like us on Facebook?