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  1. Court: Chimps Are Not People

    They’re not inanimate objects, but they’re not humans either. That’s the opinion of a New York appeals court that rejected a landmark bid this morning to extend “legal personhood” to chimpanzees. Attorney Steven Wise attempted to secure writ of habeas corpus for a chimp named Tommy, who is locked up alone in a warehouse. The court said animals don’t have the right to liberty because they cannot bear legal responsibility or be accountable for their actions. Wise was undeterred — he’s appealing to New York’s highest court and possibly beyond.

    The Guardian, Wired, Reuters

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