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Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Chimpanzee Seeking Legal Personhood

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, cimps, suffering )

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The lawsuits ask the judge to grant the chimpanzees the right to bodily liberty and to order that they be moved to a sanctuary that's part of the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA), where they can live out their days with others of their

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Angelika R (143)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 9:52 am
MARVELLOUS! that lawsuit will most likely fail-but a great step forward to even try! THX!

Dianne D (490)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 2:03 pm
Wonderful. I'd love to file lawsuits on behalf of the 9,000 euthanized everyday in the USA and all the livestock killed for food. Go vegan. Save lives.

Muriel Servaege (53)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 2:40 pm
Thank you, Cher.

. (0)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 2:53 pm
Great article-thanks so much.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 3:15 pm

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 3:46 pm
Sanctuary? ~ Yes! Rights? ~ A dangerous, slippery slope!!! Be careful what you wish for.

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 5:19 pm
Dianne, I could not have said it better myself!

Manel Dias (20)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 6:47 pm
Noted & signed. Thanks.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 9:22 pm
I discovered this post of yours, Cher, because it is highlighted in the 'most active' column, & by pure coincidence, I had just noted a story on this same case, but the news -sadly!- is just what Angelika predicted. Just a day ago, Laura (whom I don't know) posted Chimpanzee Personhood Effort Fails First Legal Tests in New York - CNN.Com:

Perhaps some of the following info from Laura's CNN story is already contained in your 'non-human rights project' article, & I have foolishly started commenting without checking first (apologies!), but I thought the firs,t essential priority was to note & make known that rulings on this case have already come out, especially since you have a lot of people who've promoted the story to Front Page, whereas Laura's post, which informs us of the outcome, has not attracted much attention at all. So THIS IS THE PLACE to get out the news of the rulings!:

"(CNN) -- 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."

The Nonhuman Rights Project filed three separate suits on behalf of four chimpanzees in New York state last week in a bid to secure for Tommy, Kiko, Hercules and Leo -- all male chimps held in various parts of the state -- the "right to bodily liberty."

The lawsuits 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," the group said.

The group says it will appeal the courts' decisions.

"These outcomes allow the NhRP to proceed to the appellate courts," NhRP spokeswoman Stacey Doss told CNN.

Are we really different from animals?

NhRP founder and President Steven Wise said before the suits were filed that he would "be asking judges to recognize, for the first time, that these cognitively complex, autonomous beings have the basic legal right to not be imprisoned."

Tommy's owner, Pat Levery, dismissed the notion that he confines the 26-year-old chimp to a prison. Tommy lives in a cage on a trailer lot in Gloversville, New York.

"Totally ridiculous" he said of the lawsuit, which he has not read.

"I'd be happy to show you Tommy's home, to show you how well he is cared for," Levery said.

When reached by CNN Monday, he did not know the suit had been rejected.

He said that he was relieved and that he had assumed the lawsuit would not proceed.

The owners of Kiko, Hercules and Leo could not be reached Monday night.

The group said it plans to file more lawsuits across the country on behalf of captive animals "who are scientifically proven to be self-aware and autonomous," such as elephants, dolphins and whales."

I personally agree with President & founder of NonHuman Rights Project Steve Wise's comment that chimpanzees, as "cognitively complex, autonomous beings have the basic legal right to not be imprisoned" & would add that besides being 'cognitively complex,' they are feeling beings, their hearts can be broken, & they suffer & mourn for their comrades, in laboratories, for example, where painful procedures, experiments leading to the death of one, and/or isolation have been inflicted on them.

Michael A (28)
Thursday December 12, 2013, 1:07 am

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Thursday December 12, 2013, 6:41 pm


Elizabeth M (65)
Monday December 16, 2013, 9:01 pm
Our goal (The Non Human Rights Project) is, very simply, to breach the legal wall that separates all humans from all nonhuman animals. Once this wall is breached, the first nonhuman animals on earth will gain legal “personhood” and finally get their day in court — a day they so clearly deserve.
Thank you Cher for posting and Thank you Lucy for the up-date.
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