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this is a discussion within the Everything Else Community Forum; It’s the “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” A New York appeals court next week will consider whether chimps should have the same rights as human beings. The extraordinary proceeding is the result of a lengthy battle by animal-rights ...

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Old 10-04-2014, 08:59 AM   #1
 
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Courts will decide if chimps should have same rights as humans

It’s the “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”
A New York appeals court next week will consider whether chimps should have the same rights as human beings.
The extraordinary proceeding is the result of a lengthy battle by animal-rights activists who argue that animals with human qualities — including chimps — are entitled to human protections, including freedom from captivity.
Steven Wise, part of the Nonhuman Rights Project, which is leading the effort, will have to convince a panel of Albany appellate judges that a chimp name Tommy is a “legal person” to get him moved from a cage in an upstate farm to a sanctuary in Florida.



“It’s a morally wrong thing to do,” said Wise of Tommy’s longtime captivity as a pet in Gloversville. “As a matter of both liberty and equality, Tommy should be seen as a person.”
Research by cognitive experts says chimps have autonomous and self-determining qualities akin to human beings, Wise said.

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Old 10-04-2014, 01:10 PM   #2
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Re: Courts will decide if chimps should have same rights as humans

The inmates are running the asylum!
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Old 10-09-2014, 01:28 AM   #3
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I'm just gonna skip this one....next
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But aren't most courts run by chimps. So say they will.
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This is one of the times where its very easy for me as a swede to say "Only in America..."
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