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Issue: "The wonder of life," Jan. 25, 2014

Monkey business

If chimpanzee personhood is the next step in the animal rights agenda, it will have to wait. Three separate New York state judges tossed out three lawsuits in December claiming the unlawful imprisonment of chimpanzees. Activists for the Nonhuman Rights Project filed all three lawsuits, hoping to find a judge willing to grant writs of habeas corpus on behalf of the animals. According to the activists, chimpanzees’ intelligence and self-awareness imbues them with personhood, and therefore legal rights. Undaunted by the trio of rejections, officials with the animal rights group say they will continue filing lawsuits in pursuit of a sympathetic judge.

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