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Tommy the Chimp Subject of
Bid for Legal Personhood

ABC News, by Susan Donaldson James

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/3/2013 4:44:07 AM

Tommy, a 26-year-old chimpanzee owned by a couple in upstate New York, has a lawyer and a trust fund in a bid by a nonhuman rights group to have him declared the first animal to be considered a person under the law. In what may be the first case of its kind, the Boston-based Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) is asking a court to free Tommy from what they describe as a "small, dank, cement cage in a cavernous dark shed" in Gloversville, N.Y. NhRP argues, based on "law, science and history" that the chimp has all the rights of habeas corpus

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/3/2013 4:47:41 AM     (No. 9637718)

The left has been wanting to grant rights to non humans for a long time.I´ve even heard some of them say a tree should have a right to court.These people never run out of absurd schemes.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 12/3/2013 5:00:40 AM     (No. 9637729)

Once we´ve gotten past this hurtle the Democrats can run him for president!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: WhamDBambam, 12/3/2013 6:58:53 AM     (No. 9637804)

I´m not so sure I´m in favor of this. If the chimp succeeds, can Hillary! be far behind?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: NYC RAL, 12/3/2013 7:24:06 AM     (No. 9637836)

How many unborn children will die today from a doctor´s "medical procedure" while we read about the attempt "to have him declared the first animal to be considered a person under the law." Newborn baby´s are left in toilets to drown while mom returns to the dance floor to drink and party. Respect of every (or any) HUMAN life is going in the direction of Obama´s poll numbers. The prince of this world continues to gain ground and we continue to lose...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: provide, 12/3/2013 7:24:49 AM     (No. 9637839)

One we get Fluffy and Fido personhood rights, can we claim them as full dependents? I´m getting a flock of chickens.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 12/3/2013 8:00:11 AM     (No. 9637892)

If Tommy the Chimp attacks and kills someone, will said Tommy be put on trial for murder?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: pmarc078, 12/3/2013 8:17:52 AM     (No. 9637932)

well, if a corporation can be considered a person, why not a chimp?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 12/3/2013 11:24:42 AM     (No. 9638306)

This Grumpy Old Man remembers when something like this would never get beyond a grant- gobbling Jane Goodall . But I must remind myself that we live in world where Barack Hussein Obama can be elected twice to the presidency of the United States.

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