Skip to comments.US lawsuit demands 'legal personhood' for chimpanzees
Posted on 12/03/2013 6:18:58 AM PST by Gamecock
Full Title: Case seeks to designate chimp called Tommy as a 'cognitively complex autonomous legal person'
A US animal rights group has filed what it said is the first lawsuit seeking to establish the "legal personhood" of chimpanzees.
The non-profit Nonhuman Rights Project asked a New York state court to declare a 26-year-old chimp named Tommy "a cognitively complex autonomous legal person with the fundamental legal right not to be imprisoned."
The lawsuit seeks a declaration that Tommy's "detention" in a "small, dank, cement cage in a cavernous dark shed" in central New York is unlawful and demands his immediate release to a primate sanctuary.
Chimpanzees "possess complex cognitive abilities that are so strictly protected when they're found in human beings," Steven Wise, the president of Nonhuman Rights Project, told Reuters.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
More voters for the Democrats?
If this succeeds, every business will have to add chimpanzee bathrooms. Liberalism is a disease.
He seems depressed. He’s lost his appetite. He’s even curtailed his autoerotic activities.
We should apologize.
This is about redefining human beings to be mere animals to be managed and culled like any other beast.
Will they be able to fine the chimp when it craps on the sidewalk?
Super. As long as the chimp marries someone in the Obama administration.
The White House is a zoo currently - let’s put an exclamation point on the fact.
Does that mean the chimp will be able to sign contracts and thus buy a car, a house, go to school and get a job?
Some people sure think and act like chimps!
Means they can get 0bama care.
No judge should ever accept silly lawsuits like this. It is a waste of time and money. This is why the courts are so tied up. If judges would do what they should and not accept silliness, things would go smoother.
The gay guys will line up to marry them.
Will he receive food stamps and a free cell phone?
I have a clever quip about voter registration and Chicago, but it would just get spiked by the mods.
Play hid the chocolate banana???
This will be a game changer for Charla Nash wanting to sue the State of Ct after being mauled by the chimp in Stamford.
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