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New York Court to Weigh Legal Rights of Chimps

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Post by Guest on Thu Oct 09, 2014 3:02 pm

ALBANY N.Y. (Reuters) - A New York appeals court will consider this week whether chimpanzees are entitled to "legal personhood" in what experts say is the first case of its kind.

For Steven Wise, the lawyer behind the case involving a chimp named Tommy, it is the culmination of three decades of seeking to extend rights historically reserved for humans to other intelligent animals.

On Wednesday, a mid-level state appeals court in Albany will hear the case of the 26-year-old Tommy, who is owned by a human and lives alone in what Wise describes as a "dark, dank shed" in upstate New York.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/new-york-court-to-weigh-legal-rights-of-chimps/

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Post by Raggamuffin on Thu Oct 09, 2014 3:53 pm

Why do they need to do that? It's obviously wrong to keep an animal in those conditions.

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Post by Original Quill on Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:02 pm

This is the story about Tommy, innit? Saw a show on him on TV. The way he walks is....well, different.

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