Thursday, October 09, 2014

Court of the Planet of the Apes?

The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are legal persons.  What about chimpanzees?  A New York Appeals Court is considering this issue and may expand our concept of legal personhood. 

Lawyer Steven Wise has filed suit on behalf of Tommy, a 26-year-old chimp.  Tommy currently resides in a "dark, dank shed," which Wise argues amounts to unlawful imprisonment. 

If you're inspired by animal rights law, try looking at OSU's collection of animal rights books or check out the Law Library of Congress's research guide on the subject, An Introduction to Animal Law.