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.
Tommy is a 26-year-old chimpanzee owned by a couple in upstate New York. He has a lawyer and a trust fund to have him declared the first animal considered a person under the law. The Boston-based Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) asked the court to free Tommy from what they describe as a "small, dank, cement cage... Continue Reading →
Remember when I talked about the current state of using chimpanzee's in biomedical research? If not, let me refresh your memory. About five months ago, I over-viewed the reasons as to why the United States is not using chimps as a model organism in biomedical research. At the core of it all, the issue for... Continue Reading →
Remember when, I asked y'all about great ape human rights, and brought up how Austrian courts will judge on it earlier this month? I've been keeping track of this news, and caught a News @ Nature piece titled, "Chimp denied a legal guardian," which reports that, "An Austrian judge turned down a request this week... Continue Reading →
Exactly two weeks ago, I was standing in the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico reading the latest Discover magazine interview with Jane Goodall. I was thoroughly captivated but it didn't warrant me to spend the outrageously inflated airport prices for the magazine. I'm glad to share that Discover has put... Continue Reading →
Last night, I caught news that Brazilian courts are considering giving chimpanzees human rights, and following suite, Austria may as well give non-human great apes human rights. This may sound alright and dandy, maybe even give some empathy and fuel towards the conservation effort of Great Apes, but I don't like this news one bit. Why you ask?... Continue Reading →
Personally, I have my own beef with sociobiology a.k.a. evolutionary psychology. I have yet to see it venture from a story telling, subjective science. But my issues don't prevent me from acknowledging and respecting progressive work done in this subfield of behavioral studies and primatology. I don't know where Nick Wade truly stands about sociobiology,... Continue Reading →