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Chimp is not a Mensch, Says Court Panel

by Lorna Salzman (January 2015)


As animal rights activists protested, a New York State judicial panel ruled that Tommy, an adult chimp (Pan troglodytes) living in upstate New York, does not have the same rights as a human being (Homo sapiens sapiens).

Adding insult to injury, Justice Karen Peters of the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court, was quoted by the New York Times as saying that apes' "lackadaisical approach to civic life" justified depriving them of the rights afforded to "most people reading this article."  more>>>