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Court: Chimp Isn't Human, Doesn't Get Human Rights

Which means 'Tommy' won't be freed from his owner

(Newser) - A strange human-rights case unfolded in a New York state courtroom today, strange because the subject isn't actually human. The upshot is this: An appellate court ruled that a chimpanzee named Tommy is not entitled to the same rights as people and thus does not have to be freed... More »

Chimp Rights: Not as Wacky as It Sounds

There are sound legal reasons to consider monkeys people, Danny Cevallos argues

(Newser) - When he first read about a petition demanding habeas corpus for a chimp named Tommy, Danny Cevallos thought what many people would: "Are. You. Kidding. Me?" Animals are, legally speaking, "chattel," meaning property, no different than a potted plant. But then the CNN legal analyst actually read... More »

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