Chimpanzees Opening Doors for all Cognitively Complex Animals
This is such a beautifully touching story that demonstrates, once again, that animals are equally intelligent and complex feeling beings and souls just like us…only walking in different chosen bodies.
Read the story about Washoe, a Chimpanzee who was taught sign language here:
For those of you who don’t know it, there is a precedent-setting Supreme Court case currently being litigated that has the potential of granting legal rights to two Chimpanzees – Hercules and Leo – imprisoned at Stony Brook University in New York, as legal persons for the first time.
This legal-personhood case that the Nonhuman Rights Project brought to light, has been ongoing since 2013 including two other Chimpanzees held at a private property.
“The ruling marks the first time in U.S. history that an animal has been covered by a writ of habeas corpus, which typically allows human prisoners to challenge their detention. The judicial action could force the university, which is believed to be holding the chimps, to release the primates, and could sway additional judges to do the same with other research animals.
‘This is a big step forward to getting what we are ultimately seeking: the right to bodily liberty for chimpanzees and other cognitively complex animals,” says Natalie Prosin, the executive director of the animal rights organization, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), that filed the case. “We got our foot in the door. And no matter what happens, that door can never be completely shut again.’ “