Saturday, 20 December 2014

Chimp 'Personhood' Advocates Seek New Appeal in NY

by Megan Gannon, News Editor | December 18, 2014 05:14pm ET

Animal-rights advocates seeking "personhood" for chimpanzees want to take their case to the highest court in New York State.

Since 2013, an organization called the Nonhuman Rights Project has been seeking a writ of habeas corpus to free a pet chimpanzee named Tommy from the cage in which he is housed in upstate New York.

A writ of habeas corpus is designed to prevent unreasonable detention — but so far, only for people. Lawyer Steven Wise and his colleagues at the Nonhuman Rights Project have been arguing in New York's courts that Tommy's living conditions are akin to those of a person living in unlawful solitary confinement. They want him moved to a sanctuary instead.

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