Chimp Sues

Chimp Sues

A chimpanzee is taking legal action regarding his living conditions. (Shutterstock)

Chimp Sues Over Living Conditions

Next to file: dolphins, elephants

By Matt Cantor, Newser Staff

A lawyer and his team are fighting for animal rights in an unusual way: by filing lawsuits on behalf of chimpanzees. The New York Times focuses on the case of Tommy, a chimp who is, as Charles Siebert writes, effectively suing for better living conditions. Despite protections under the law, Siebert notes, “the fundamental legal status of nonhumans … as property, with no rights of their own, has remained unchanged.” But legal expert Steven Wise, who is leading the effort, argues that one need not be a human being to be a legal person.

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