The five year long struggle to free a pair of captive chimps in the state of New York has finally come to an end. Yesterday, New York's highest court denied an appeal by the Nonhuman Rights Project, but the judges were clearly unsatisfied with their own ruling, pointing out deficiencies in the legal system's ability to deal with this "difficult ethical dilemma."
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Yesterday, the Nonhuman Rights Project filed a petition on behalf of three elephants being kept at a Connecticut zoo. The suit demands that the court recognise these animals as "legal persons" and release them to sanctuary, but given that the same legal team failed to secure similar personhood rights for chimps in New York, it isn't immediately clear how successful the new effort will be.
Yesterday, a New York state appeals court rejected an appeal filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) seeking legal rights for a pair of captive chimpanzees. It's a major setback for the group, but the battle to secure human-like legal protections for highly intelligent and self-aware animals is far from over.