An animal rights group seeking legal personhood for chimpanzees will not be getting a hearing in the highest court in New York State.
Though she dismissed the case, Judge Jaffe said efforts to extend legal rights to chimpanzees are understandable; someday they may even succeed.
A New York City judge has heard arguments over the rights of two chimpanzees that advocates hope to free from Stony Brook University where they’re kept.
A New York appeals court will decide whether chimpanzees should be declared “persons” rather than “things” so the animals can be freed from what critics call inhumane imprisonment.
A battle over animal rights is playing out in New York, as activists are trying to get chimpanzees declared as people under the law.