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.
Earlier this month, three judges with New York’s Third Judicial Department ruled that Tommy is not entitled to the rights of a human. They wrote that there is no precedent or legal basis for considering animals as people, and that people, at least under the legal definition, must have the ability to bear legal responsibilities.
“Needless to say, unlike human beings, chimpanzees cannot bear any legal duties, submit to societal responsibilities or be held legally accountable for their actions,” the judges wrote in their seven-page decision. “In our view, it is this incapability to bear any legal responsibilities and societal duties that renders it inappropriate to confer upon chimpanzees the legal rights — such as the fundamental right to liberty protected by the writ of habeas corpus — that have been afforded to human beings.”
But in a new motion for permission to bring the case to the New York Court of Appeals, advocates with the Nonhuman Rights Project said the judges made several errors in their decision. They argue that a person’s right to bodily liberty does not depend on a person’s species or ability to perform legal duties. In an affidavit filed this week, the organization also claims, “New York has expressly granted personhood to certain nonhuman animals by allowing ‘domestic or pet’ animals to be trust beneficiaries.”
“We have always expected that this case would have to be decided at the highest level,” Natalie Prosin, executive director of the Nonhuman Rights Project, said in a statement today (Dec. 18). “We hope we are granted permission to appeal to the Court of Appeals so that we can give Tommy his day in court.”
Personally, I think monkeys should be considered people ………….., as long as they pay their taxes! -Ed.
Mark my words folks, you give those damned, dirty apes an inch, and they will take a mile!
Here’s what will happen next!
A Hamilton writer is recruiting people to buy tickets to comedian Bill Cosby’s upcoming performance in the city so they can disrupt the show inside the theatre.
Anne Bokma said “the numbers are growing every day” of people planning to join her for a non-violent protest during Cosby’s Jan. 9 show at Hamilton Place Theatre.
Extra, Extra, read all about it!!!!
Since we’re talking about Bill Cosby, we here at the Perspective Research Department have finally manged to clear up some misconceptions about Bill, and all those allegations about sexual misconduct.
Folks, Bill only “played” a gynecologist in his TV show…………………., he wasn’t really one!
Hope this clears things up!
By Sarah Larimer
A 27-year-old Florida woman, Rachel Anne Hayes, was taken into custody Thursday after slapping a 72-year-old woman who wouldn’t accept her Facebook friend request, the Pinellas County sheriff’s office said in a news release.
(Some friend, eh?)
We got a real life “Winner of the Day” folks!
“However, in light of prevailing economic conditions, Mr. Holley elected to return the restricted stock units because he does not believe that he should receive such an award unless Plum Creek’s stockholders see an increase in their investment return.”
Those units are worth just shy of $1.9-million (U.S.), based on yesterday’s New York close.
Folks, I’m not going to say a bloody word …………….., because I’m not that stupid!
Instead, I will just let you watch this video!