December 5, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

YES. This is what we are talking about. People listen up!


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The Nonhuman Rights Project, an organization founded by Massachusetts lawyer and animal rights activist Steven Wise, has this week filed a series of lawsuits in New York demanding that chimpanzees be granted ‘legal personhood’. The lawsuit seeks to extend the concept of habeas corpus to chimpanzees, drawing an analogy with one of the most famous anti-slavery cases, that of James Somerset in 1772, an American slave

who had been taken to London by his owner, escaped, was recaptured and was being held in chains on a ship that was about to set sail for the slave markets of Jamaica. With help from a group of abolitionist attorneys, Somerset’s godparents filed a writ of habeas corpus on Somerset’s behalf in order to challenge Somerset’s classification as a legal thing, and the case went before the Chief Justice of the Court of King’s Bench, Lord Mansfield. In what became one of the most important…

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  1. December 14, 2013 at 01:48

    I to am an animal advocate! I can hardly deal with humans that hurt, exploit, neglect, abuse animals…any animal. I shall come back from time to time to check your page. It’s a good page. And it’s always nice to meet a fellow animals lover/rights person.

    • December 16, 2013 at 05:58

      Feelings are mutual. Thanks for your support.

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