Animal liberation activists are utterly insane.
This week, the appellate division of the New York Supreme Court will be hearing arguments regarding whether to grant “personhood” to two chimpanzees.
The Nonhuman Rights Project will be representing the two chimpanzees, named Tommy and Kiko in court this Thursday. The Nonhuman Rights Project requests that “a chimpanzee not be considered a legal thing to be possessed,” but a “cognitively complex autonomous legal person with the fundamental legal right not to be imprisoned.”
In other words, they’re advocating for an ape to be granted legal human rights.
Additionally, the Nonhuman Rights Project compared the situation of the two chimpanzees to the conditions of slaves pre-emancipation. In their petition, they wrote:
“Common law courts, whose decisions are part of New York law, have issues writs of habeas corpus for slaves who were not legal persons at the time so that the issue of personhood and the legality of confinement could be resolved.”
The full petition can be read here: https://www.nonhumanrightsproject.org/content/uploads/Niagara-Verified-Petition-E.Stein-and-S.Wise_.pdf
Not only do these people believe that chimpanzees deserve human rights, they also believe that the situation of chimpanzees are comparable to those who suffered under the regime of slavery.
At this point, we do not know whether the court will allow the apes themselves to testify.
I’m glad to see the New York Supreme Court has its priorities set straight when hearing cases.