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  1. Should Cognitively Advanced Animals Be Entitled to Sue Their Owners?

    Tommy is legally precluded from suing his employers, even though they force him to live in a tiny, dank cage. Admittedly, Tommy is a chimp, but the Nonhuman Rights Project thinks he should still be entitled to take civil action. Tommy made legal history as the first nonhuman primate to attempt to sue his owner for freedom, with the Nh.R.P. filing the documents on his behalf. The presiding judge refused to hear the case on legal technicalities, but Tommy’s team will keep fighting for him, and other cognitively advanced creatures like elephants and orcas, to attain legal personhood.

    Source: NYT

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