Thursday, July 30, 2015
Future Democrat Voters Rejected by Manhattan Judge
Chimps are not people after all, a Manhattan judge has decided.
Thursday’s decision means that a pair of 8-year-old chimpanzees living in a research lab at Stony Brook University are not being unlawfully detained, as argued by the Nonhuman Rights Project, the now-losing side of the bizarre case.
The Nonhuman Rights Project’s leader, Steven Wise, had argued that denying Hercules and Leon basic legal rights was to deploy the same prejudices that categorized slaves and Native Americans classified as less than human.
The chimps may be suffering a fate “even worse than imprisoning human beings” because they are autonomous and self-conscious, but “don’t even know why they’re there” in cages, Wise argued in May.
In her decision, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffee noted that Wise had raised “important questions.”
But at least legally, chimps are “things,” she wrote. And by law, “Persons have rights, duties, and obligations; things do not.”
“Animals, including chimpanzees and other highly intelligent mammals, are considered as property under the law. They are accorded no legal rights beyond being guaranteed the right to be free from physical abuse and other mistreatment,” Jaffee wrote.