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New York’s top court refuses to free chimps Tommy and Kiko from cages

Judge Fahey said the issue of whether animals are entitled to... freedom touches on a 'deep dilemma of ethics and policy' that must be addressed.

JONATHAN STEMPEL: ‘The quest to free the chimpanzees Tommy and Kiko has reached the end of the line. New York state’s highest court on Tuesday rejected an appeal by the Nonhuman Rights Project seeking to move the animals to a sanctuary and end their confinement in cages by private owners. By a 5-0 vote, the Court of Appeals let stand a June 2017 ruling by an intermediate state appeals court in Manhattan that chimpanzees are not legal persons, and that it is up to legislators to decide what rights animals deserve.

The Nonhuman Rights Project believes chimpanzees are, like humans, entitled to bodily liberty, and it has for several years sought to persuade courts to grant legal rights to the animals. In a concurring opinion on Tuesday, Court of Appeals Judge Eugene Fahey said the issue of whether animals are entitled to writs of habeas corpus to obtain freedom from detention touches on a “deep dilemma of ethics and policy” that must be addressed… Steven Wise, a lawyer for the Nonhuman Rights Project, said his group planned another lawsuit in a couple of months on behalf of a different animal he would not identify’. SOURCE…

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