We’ve been deluged with inquiries about the subject we reported in “Personhood” for Chimps? Oook, Oook! The next few indented paragraphs provide background information, which most of you can skip:
The The Nonhuman Rights Project had sued in New York courts, seeking recognition of scientific evidence of emotional and cognitive abilities in chimpanzees, in order to grant them “legal personhood” to ensure better treatment. They were seeking a writ of habeas corpus for chimps.
This is the complaint they filed. It’s 17 pages long, but it’s a scan, so we can’t cut and paste. Along with the complaint is a 91-page Memorandum of Law. This post at the website of The Nonhuman Rights Project has links to an ark-load of other documents they’ve filed: Legal Documents re. Tommy, Kiko, Hercules and Leo.
Today we have more news from PhysOrg, and it’s not good for our cousins: Chimp lawsuit falters in US courts. They say, with some bold font added by us:
Three US judges have rejected lawsuits demanding that chimpanzees be recognized as people with fundamental rights, an animal charity said Tuesday.
Oh no! Our cousins remain in bondage! How could the courts have done such a thing? We’re told:
[A]ll three judges threw out the applications on the grounds that habeas corpus does not apply to an animal. The charity says it will appeal the case. “The struggle to attain the personhood of such an extraordinarily cognitively complex nonhuman animal as a chimpanzee has barely begun,” said its president, Steven Wise.
The battle has just begun! Let’s read on:
Judge Joseph Sise of Fulton County Court said he would entertain a separate lawsuit seeking to right any wrongs to Tommy but could not consider him a person. “The court will not entertain the application, will not recognize a chimpanzee as a human or as a person who can seek a writ of habeas corpus,” he was quoted as saying by the charity. Two other judges threw out the petition on the same grounds.
Your Curmudgeon is dismayed. Here’s some information about the suffering the chimps have endured:
It said the day it [The Nonhuman Rights Project] visited Tommy, the temperature in his shed was about 40 degrees below what it would be in his native land. “The only company he had was a TV that was left on for him at the other side of the shed,” the organization said.
His “native land.” How he must yearn to be returned! One more excerpt:
As for Kiko, the group said he is partially or totally deaf because of abuse suffered on the set of a Tarzan movie before being acquired by his current owners.
Abused on the set of a Tarzan movie! What could be more humiliating? This is where we’ll have to end this report. All our hopes are with the appeal process.
America calls itself the land of the free. But it’s really a sapiens-only club. No justice, no peace!
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