Chimpanzee Lawsuit Seeks Freedom, Personhood For Apes
The Nonhuman Rights Project is filing writs of habeas corpus on behalf of four captive chimpanzees in New York.By Nathan Byrne | December 2, 2013
Four captive chimpanzees in New York could soon have their day in court — to determine whether they'll be legally recognized as people.
The lawsuit filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project alleges a 26-year-old chimpanzee named Tommy "is being held captive in a cage in a shed at a used trailer lot."
Tommy's owner, Patrick Lavery, tells USA Today the chimp is one of 11 he's rescued from bad situations and housed temporarily while waiting to find a sanctuary. He also said Tommy's cage "exceeds federal and state standards and is inspected every year."