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N.Y. Judge Grants Legal Rights To 2 Research Chimps

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Star enjoys a moment in the sun at the Chimp Haven sanctuary in Keithville, La. Brandon Wade/AP Images for The Humane Society of the United States and Chimp Haven

Star enjoys a moment in the sun at the Chimp Haven sanctuary in Keithville, La.
Brandon Wade/AP Images for The Humane Society of the United States and Chimp Haven

A New York judge has granted two research chimps the writ of habeas corpus — a move that allows them to challenge their detention.

The decision, says Science magazine, effectively recognizes chimps as legal persons, marking the first time in U.S. history that an animal has been given that right.

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