New York: Fighting For Animals Rights in Court
Breaking news: A battle is being fought in New York to recognize animal rights, in this case over the “personhood” of two chimpanzees, Leo and Hercules. As it stands, despite chimpanzees sharing a genetic similarity of humans somewhere between 70% and 96% (as of this writing the debate is ongoing), Leo and Hercules are considered property. Attorney Steven Wise argues that:
Chimps should not be classified as legal “things” if they share more in common with humans than not.
Judge Barbara Jaffe will rule on the case in the coming months. After the state attorney general’s office requested she “dismiss the case on technical grounds,”Jaffe has stated that she will carry on. We may very well see a re-definition of “personhood,” and sooner than later at that. Click the link below for the full story.
Original article & image source: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/may/27/chimpanzee-animals-rights-new-york-court